There were plenty of notable firsts at the 91st Oscars last night. For starters, it was the first time in 30 years that the telecast didn’t have a host (though Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey basically were the hosts), Marvel Studios won its first Oscar for Black Panther, as did a 25-year-old for her documentary about periods. Plenty others marked history last night, but the Oscars event that took my breath away happened on the red carpet: Selma Blair’s first public appearance since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).
All eyes were on the badass Jewish mom as she graced the Vanity Fair Oscars party with her presence for the first time since announcing her illness last October. Dressed in a ballgown with a glorious matching cape and her short dirty blonde hair slicked back, the Another Life star looked like nothing less than a magnificent goddess. The cherry on top? Her pink diamond encrusted monogrammed cane.
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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
Blair “burst into tears” when designer Tom Bachik presented her with the the ultimate customized walking cane. She wanted a special cane for the Vanity Fair dinner, and boy did she get one. “Hours of love put in,” Blair wrote in an Instagram post. “These gifts get me through.”
MS is an unpredictable and often disabling disease that can affect the brain, spinal cord, and vision. While some people may never experience symptoms of MS, Blair hasn’t been as fortunate. “I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken GPS,” she wrote on Instagram. “If you see me, dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up. It takes a whole day for me alone.”
Standing tall and magnificently in the face of a debilitating disease, Blair, walking stick in hand, is giving the 2.3 million people in the world affected by MS the representation they crave. “I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others,” Blair wrote in a post. From the wave of tweets praising Blair for normalizing the struggles and triumphs of MS, it’s safe to say she’s definitely upheld that statement.
Mobility device glamor. https://t.co/4kT8ODuMoG
— Susan Stinson (@susanstinson) February 25, 2019
“I have so much respect for this woman, walking proudly with her cane and looking sensational doing it,” one Twitter user said.
Blair has thanked her star-studded group of friends, including her Cruel Intentions co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar and husband Freddie Prinze Jr., for their love and support. She also thanked photographer Mark Seliger for gifting her the portrait of a lifetime (as seen in the tweet above).
“When my life flashes before my eye, I want this portrait by Mark Seliger to be front and center,” Blair wrote. I mean, can you blame her? Her ice blue cape billowing in the wind and looking as royal as can be, this photograph totally captures Blair’s beauty, strength, and perseverance in an incredibly excruciating time.
Photo treatment by Kveller; Blair photo: Wireimage