Photo: Selma Blair at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party. Joe Seer/Bigstock
Selma Blair caused a sensation when she posed proudly with a cane, in a Ralph & Russo gown and cape, at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party. That is not a patient seeking pity; rather a human proudly proclaiming that her Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis is not her ENTIRE identity. And she definitely made a statement – not just for herself but for ALL disabled people. Disability won and reigned on the red carpet at one of the most coveted Oscar parties. The courage that Blair had to muster up to be SEEN and the purpose for which she had done so – paid off. And it is safe to say that Blair did not do any of that for pity as she tells Vanity Fair, “there’s no tragedy for me. I’m happy, and if I can help anyone be more comfortable in their skin, it’s more than I’ve ever done before.”
Any body language expert can tell you that Blair’s stance, poise, and demeanor at the event was not that of a defeated person. Instead, she arrived all guns blazing, standing proud as a reigning queen, with her cane only adding to that entirely powerful look, and all of it helped her mission to make sure that people with disabilities stop being invisible. And she did JUST that as she says in her interview with Vanity Fair, “I’m pretty much a nobody in Hollywood. But when I read comments on Instagram from people who were suffering, whether it was from M.S., or anything, I thought, Holy shit, there’s a need for honesty about being disabled from someone recognizable.” And she hopes to “do this for many people” with her cane being more than just for personal medical support, it was Blair’s way of telling the multitude of cane users that they do not need to feel ashamed as canes “can be a great fashion accessory” and she wants people with disabilities to “want to still be part of the living, not a shuffling person people get out of the way for because they’re queasy.”
The moment we will all be talking about tomorrow is the courageous #SelmaBlair, making her first appearance since announcing her MS diagnosis, at the VF Oscar party. She needs a cane to help walk, but she came to prove that no matter how tough this disease, she is a fighter. ? pic.twitter.com/bCTo0hA59d
— Jessica Radloff (@JRadloff) February 25, 2019
Blair followed her show-stopping moment at the Oscars party with her interview for GMA in which she spoke to anchor Robin Roberts about her initially being “scared of talking,” she hopes her appearance has brought awareness to Multiple Sclerosis and its sufferers. For anyone wondering if Blair’s mission has succeeded, take a look at the below:
my mum is all for me having a cane as a mobility aid after the oscars – this is why disabled representation both in real life people and characters in media is so important !!! normalise mobility aids !!! normalise disability !!!
Thank you @SelmaBlair
— sleepy niamh (@sunlitniamh) February 26, 2019
For more information on Multiple Sclerosis, please visit National MS Society.
The top points to remember: MS is an autoimmune disease that disrupts communication between the central nervous system and the body; it presents itself differently in every person and is unpredictable. As of now, there is no known cure, but hopefully, Selma’s actions towards bringing more awareness will result in increased research funding for the disease.
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