"You shouldn’t have to sacrifice style."
Upon revealing back in October her Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis – American actress Selma Blair was thrust into the spotlight thanks to her unhindered honesty on the subject.
"I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy," she explained via Instagram.
Pair this with a red carpet appearance at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party with cane-in-tow, Blair sent an important message to chronically ill and disabled people all over the world by saying "you belong too".
In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Blair – known for her scene-stealing portrayals in films such a Legally Blonde and Cruel Intentions – revealed that the "need for honesty about being disabled from someone recognizable," was why she walked the red carpet with a stylish cane.
However, when she's not preparing for the red carpet, Blair admitted to Vanity Fair that "dressing is a shit show"—something that people with lifelong conditions know only too well.
As Vanity Fair reports, Blair's main complaint about being diagnosed with MS is "the lack of stylish clothing available to disabled people. It might sound frivolous, but to Blair, who has always used clothes as a form of self-expression, it is a matter of identity."
However, Blair might have a solution that the world is most definitely ready for.
"I would like to partner with someone like Christian Siriano on a line for everyone—not just people who necessarily need adaptive clothing, but for those who want comfort, too. It can still be chic. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice style. Like, let’s get elastic waistbands to look a little bit better."
Christian Siriano – the man responsible for Billy Porter's cascading frock at this weekend's Oscars – is one of the very few designers who continually strives for inclusivity and body positivity in the industry. What a perfect fit.
Watch this space.