Selma Blair shares she has a ‘positive connection’ with her body after MS diagnosis


Selma Blair has been a warrior when it comes to handling her 2018 Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis.

And in the May 2021 issue of Town & Country, the 48-year-old Cruel Intentions star said she chooses to see herself as a victor. 

‘I’m very comfortable in my body, mostly because I am now making a deeper positive connec­tion with it,’ said the brunette beauty who has also appeared in Legally Blonde and Hellboy. ‘I am fascinated by this body and this life.’

Winning the battle: Selma Blair has been a warrior when it comes to handling her 2018 Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. And in the May 2021 issue of Town & Country, the 48-year-old Cruel Intentions star said she chooses to see herself as a victor

Proud of herself: 'I'm very comfortable in my body, mostly because I am now making a deeper positive connec­tion with it,' said the brunette beauty who has also appeared in Legally Blonde and Hellboy. 'I am fascinated by this body and this life'

Proud of herself: ‘I’m very comfortable in my body, mostly because I am now making a deeper positive connec­tion with it,’ said the brunette beauty who has also appeared in Legally Blonde and Hellboy. ‘I am fascinated by this body and this life’

And the Hollywood fixture also recognized that her healthy attitude toward her diagnosis has helped others.

‘I am humbled and pleased to be any inspiration for people,’ added Blair. ‘I am aware my challenges affect other hopeful or isolated peo­ple—and a few of them may be joyful snobs like me.’ 

She also talked about using a cane for the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar party.

‘It was a no-brainer, and there was no choice,’ she shared. ‘I hadn’t been on a red carpet for so long, and now I was coming. I knew, since my diagnosis, people might be watching. I didn’t know if I would be forgotten about and be the last one on the red carpet.’ 

Multiple sclerosis is a disease in which the immune system eats at the nerves, causing pain and numbness in the body.

Role model: And the Hollywood fixture also recognized that her healthy attitude toward her diagnosis has helped others. 'I am humbled and pleased to be any inspiration for people,' added Blair. 'I am aware my challenges affect other hopeful or isolated peo­ple—and a few of them may be joyful snobs like me'

Role model: And the Hollywood fixture also recognized that her healthy attitude toward her diagnosis has helped others. ‘I am humbled and pleased to be any inspiration for people,’ added Blair. ‘I am aware my challenges affect other hopeful or isolated peo­ple—and a few of them may be joyful snobs like me’

After undergoing treatments over the last few years – including a stem cell transplant and an ‘aggressive’ course of chemotherapy to restart her immune system – she started to improve, and, earlier this year, she revealed she had started horse-riding again.

The looker also told Town & Country that makeup helps her feel better. The star has insisted that even before she was diagnosed with MS having her glam done has never been ‘trivial’ to her and is like a ‘superpower’ that transforms her.

Selma shared: ‘I’ve been made up by some of the most famous make-up artists since I started acting, and I’ve felt so transformed by their make-up that I really did become a different person.

The cane was OK: She also talked about using a cane for the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar party. 'It was a no-brainer, and there was no choice,' she shared. 'I hadn't been on a red carpet for so long, and now I was coming. I knew, since my diagnosis, people might be watching. I didn't know if I would be forgotten about and be the last one on the red carpet'

The cane was OK: She also talked about using a cane for the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar party. ‘It was a no-brainer, and there was no choice,’ she shared. ‘I hadn’t been on a red carpet for so long, and now I was coming. I knew, since my diagnosis, people might be watching. I didn’t know if I would be forgotten about and be the last one on the red carpet’

The power of powder: The looker also told Town & Country that makeup helps her feel better. The star has insisted that even before she was diagnosed with MS having her glam done has never been 'trivial' to her and is like a 'superpower' that transforms her

The power of powder: The looker also told Town & Country that makeup helps her feel better. The star has insisted that even before she was diagnosed with MS having her glam done has never been ‘trivial’ to her and is like a ‘superpower’ that transforms her

‘It was a superpower to me, and I mean this. Make-up is not trivial to me. If anything moves the needle for me in my life — even before my diagnosis or challenges — it is my gorgeous war paint.’

MS also impacts her speech, but the star admitted she doesn’t care how her words come out, as long as they are spoken from ‘lips covered in Chanel gloss’.

She added: ‘I don’t mind if my muscles get caught at the intersection of a slow brain signal. I just want those words to come from lips covered in Chanel gloss.’ 

Makeup changes you: Selma shared: 'I've been made up by some of the most famous make-up artists since I started acting, and I've felt so transformed by their make-up that I really did become a different person'

Makeup changes you: Selma shared: ‘I’ve been made up by some of the most famous make-up artists since I started acting, and I’ve felt so transformed by their make-up that I really did become a different person’

War paint: 'It was a superpower to me, and I mean this. Make-up is not trivial to me. If anything moves the needle for me in my life — even before my diagnosis or challenges — it is my gorgeous war paint,' shared the movie icon

War paint: ‘It was a superpower to me, and I mean this. Make-up is not trivial to me. If anything moves the needle for me in my life — even before my diagnosis or challenges — it is my gorgeous war paint,’ shared the movie icon

She also said she sees so much ahead for herself.

‘One day I would hope to be a great writer, and that people who were with me on this journey from when I was little, in Cruel Intentions, and got to make mistakes and really mess things up, can come back and see a whole new way of me being at peace with myself.’

And Selma – who wore hot pink Prabal Gurung and electric blue jewels by David Webb and Irene Neuwirth as she spoke to Keah Brown – also touched on her hit film Legally Blonde: ‘Legally Blonde is one of those Technicolor Hollywood films that really spans the ages. 

Luminescent: She also said she sees so much ahead for herself. 'One day I would hope to be a great writer, and that people who were with me on this journey from when I was little, in Cruel Intentions, and got to make mistakes and really mess things up, can come back and see a whole new way of me being at peace with myself'

Dazzling: Here she posed in pink with turquoise jewelry

Showstopping star: She also said she sees so much ahead for herself. ‘One day I would hope to be a great writer, and that people who were with me on this journey from when I was little, in Cruel Intentions, and got to make mistakes and really mess things up, can come back and see a whole new way of me being at peace with myself’

Pinky: The cover girl wore hot pink Prabal Gurung and electric blue jewels by David Webb and Irene Neuwirth as she spoke to Keah Brown

Pinky: The cover girl wore hot pink Prabal Gurung and electric blue jewels by David Webb and Irene Neuwirth as she spoke to Keah Brown

Just the right look for this star: The photographer for the stunning shoot was Alexi Lubomirski. The stylist was Elizabeth Stewart

Just the right look for this star: The photographer for the stunning shoot was Alexi Lubomirski. The stylist was Elizabeth Stewart

‘Now we see things with a different lens, and all those things [the movie portrays] are celebrations of the human spirit. It’s dressed up in pink and feathers and glitter, but it’s eye-catching and kind. I love that the world’s more like that.’

And she is still close pals with her Cruel Intentions co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar.

‘We have one of the purest friendships I have ever had. We’re able to be scared, to feel the highs and lows,’ she shared.

‘Between Covid and her diagnosis, a lot of the barriers that we put up have been broken down. [Before the pandemic,] if she was having a bad day I would come over and crawl into bed with her, and we would lie there for hours and watch HGTV. We didn’t have to talk, and to me, real friendships are when you can sit in silence and know that the other person is there to love and support you.’  

Her new film: The beauty seen in a dress as she appeared in Introducing, Selma Blair (2021)

Her new film: The beauty seen in a dress as she appeared in Introducing, Selma Blair (2021)



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