For the past several months, Selma Blair has been candid about the degrading effects that multiple sclerosis has had on her fine motor skills.
In February, at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party — hosted by Editor-in-Chief Radhika Jones, who will interview Brie Larson at the Women in the World Summit on April 10 — Blair made her first public appearance since revealing her diagnosis in October. Wearing a striking multicolored gown and carrying a custom leather-clad cane to support her, she showed that MS and red-carpet realness are fully compatible.
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Still giving me life. ???? This gown. This cape. This night. #ralphandrusso #vanityfairoscarparty #chrismcmillan #frankieboyd #elizabethstewart #troynankin #gettyimages thank you to all of you for the support and for everyone who is challenged in all the ways we humans may be. ????
This week, the Cruel Intentions star made another public appearance to playfully show how the degenerative autoimmune disease can turn even the most routine task into a struggle.
“My fine motor skills aren’t like, fine at this moment so I just want to say I’m gonna probably give a makeup tutorial never,” she wrote on Instagram, before proceeding to give just such a tutorial.
“I couldn’t make this get onto my ig story cause… I don’t know,” she wrote, switching over to her Instagram feed. “But here is my solution to applying makeup with a lack of fine motor skills. #laugh and feel free to reapply my makeup. #makeuptutorial #real.”
With that, she brandished an oversized bronzer brush and giggled while fluttering it all over her face. Once she’d finished her touch-up, she turned to the camera and said, “There. Done. Stop. Bye!”
The post — unfiltered, unafraid, unpretentious, and delightfully silly all at once — quickly filled with supportive comments from both friends and fans of Blair’s.
“OMG you are so funny! I love you so much Selma,” wrote Debra Messing. Kris Jenner chimed in, too: “What a ROCKSTAR you are… I adore you….sending you tons of love today my girl,” to which Blair replied, “better send me some bronzer.”
Blair has said that when she was first diagnosed, she was afraid to speak publicly because she didn’t want people to see her “flare-ups,” as heightened MS symptoms are called. But she soon changed her mind, and has since made raising awareness of the disease her mission.
In February, she was interviewed on Good Morning America by Robin Roberts. When she experienced a flare-up during the taping, she calmly walked viewers through what was happening to her. “So my speech is, you’ll notice, I have spasmodic dysphonia right now,” she said, adding that she was happy to be able to show “what being in the middle of an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis is like.”
Read more at People.