Selma Blair penned a beautiful post after her first public appearance with MS
If you haven’t seen the pictures of Selma Blair at Vanity Fair’s Oscars party, brace yourself, because she’s unbelievably stunning. The actress, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last year, looked like a complete queen with her flowing lavender cape, slicked back hair, and cane.
The actress later took to Instagram to share a powerful post about making her first public appearance since her MS diagnosis.
Blair posted a picture of herself walking down the red carpet, supported by Troy Nankin, her former publicist and best friend. She called him a “hero” and thanked him for wanting her to “shine brightly in a time that can be so challenging.”
“He knew I wanted to be able to stand proudly as the woman I have become and hope to be,” Blair wrote. “To be a part of something so special when my body won’t move clearly yet…I felt the warmth of the bulbs. The strength of my gown. His attentive touch.”
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There are moments that define us. This is one of those indelibly watermarked in my heart. This is #troynankin ; my former publicist turned manager , best friend , and fake husband. We joke. I have become a different woman in the last few years, through struggles and the intense pride of motherhood. @vanityfair has always been a champion of mine, like Troy. And yet, I have not fully realized my capabilities as an actress. I wanted to be at this red carpet to remember my first time attending with a not yet famous friend, @jakegyllenhaal . I believed in him and his career and wanted him there. And this dinner always symbolizes so much. And I kept going because it was always a night in hollywood that was full of hollywood dreams with all the talent present in their glory. I loved to watch. I was invited this year. I am featured in March issue . Thank you @radhikajones @kristasmith @samiranasr #juliemiller @cassblackbird . So this was a streak of light. To say I am here. I am still in an exacerbation so there was some nervousness. I don’t do anything the way I was once able. I will though. I can regain much. Mommas gotta work. And I will be able to do so much more on my own, But this man. Until that comes …This man and a host of others light the way and hold the moon @thetexastroya was a hero. Wanting me to shine brightly in a time that can be so challenging. He knew I wanted to be able to stand proudly as the woman I have become and hope to be. To be a part of something so special when my body won’t move clearly yet. And then I felt the love from the photographers who have watched me goof around on red carpets since I was in my twenties. I felt the warmth of the bulbs. The strength of my gown. His attentive touch. And still I hoped my brain could send signals for the remainder of my time there. And I sobbed. And I appreciated every single second. Every surprising tear, he was there. As he has always been. And that is the reason I could. Thank you Troy. We got me just where I wanted to be. For a night. And I later pushed my way into a family photo with @dianaross (omg) . So much to post but not before this one. True love. Right here. Forever.
She went on to explain that her friend’s support meant everything during that big night. “I sobbed,” Blair said. “And I appreciated every single second. Every surprising tear, he was there. As he has always been. And that is the reason I could.”
In another Instagram post, Blair wrote that she wanted a special cane for the evening. So, a few friends went to work to make sure that happened. One customized Blair’s monogram and a pink diamond into the cane. Another bought patent leather and stitched it on. “I burst into tears,” Blair said. “These gifts to get me through.”
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This is love 💓. @tombachik customizing my cane with my monogram and a real pink #diamond. How did I get so lucky? I wanted a special cane for #vanityfair dinner. So… @lyon_hearted went out and found patent leather and @bic_owen and he stitched it on. Hours of love put in. And then #tombachick made it especially magical. I burst into tears. These gifts to get me through. #subtle #chic #love. I can’t thank these three enough. There are angels. 🖤 #oscars2019
The actress also posted a portrait that was taken of her at the Vanity Fair party and it is truly something else.
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When my life flashes before my eyes, I want this portrait by @markseliger to be front and center. @vanityfair @frankieboyd @mrchrismcmillan @elizabethstewart1 #ralphandrusso @thetexastroya @tombachik @lyon_hearted @kristasmith @radhikajones Thank you. 🖤 #markseliger #glory
Blair’s red carpet appearance didn’t go unnoticed. Many, many people took to Twitter to thank her for representing MS in such an important, public way. The disease affects a staggering 2.3 million people worldwide and it’s at least two to three times more common in women than in men.
Don’t think I’ve ever watched the Oscars but I will watch this again. After 12years working with and helping people with MS I see this courage every day but the frequency doesn’t lessen the awesomeness each time I do. #SelmaBlair you just rock. https://t.co/47B08BzyXU
— Rob🇦🇺⚓️ (@Rob87007317) February 25, 2019
#SelmaBlair thanks for normalizing the struggles and triumphs of #MS Millions of eyes on you as an example of #resilience So much hope for #multiplesclerosis patients @NMSSOhioBuckeye https://t.co/u8q1AweJjP
— Mary Rensel MD FAAN ABIHM (@MRensel1) February 25, 2019
I cannot understate how much this would have meant for me to see in my late-teens/early 20s. I can't tell you how much it means now. Representation matters, and Selma Blair looks like a goddess. https://t.co/bAspzZsDj4
— Keeli Fricks (@KeeliKaye) February 25, 2019
On Tuesday morning, Blair spoke with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts and opened up about living with MS. “I had tears,” she said, looking back on the day she was diagnosed. “They weren’t tears of panic, they were tears of knowing that I now had to give in to a body that had loss of control and there was some relief in that.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 26, 2019
Blair also discussed raising her 7-year-old son Arthur, who she wants to “feel safe, never responsible for me.” She noted: “My son gets it and now I’ve learned to not feel really guilty.”
The actress told Roberts that she’d like to reunite for another interview in 2020, when her doctor believes that she’ll have 90% of her abilities back.
“No one has the energy to talk when they’re in a flare-up, but I do because I love a camera,” she quipped.