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Selma Blair Made Glowing First Appearance After MS Diagnosis At Oscars Party

Resplendent in a floor-length chiffon gown, cape, and bejeweled choker necklace, actress Selma Blair walked the red carpet on Sunday night after the 91st Academy Awards, using a cane for balance.

The 46-year-old actress appeared to float down the carpet at the storied Vanity Fair Oscars party, her sherbet-colored Ralph & Russo cape trailing behind her. It was the “Legally Blonde” actress’s first public appearance since going public with her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in October 2018.

Blair, who has a six-year-old son, has shared many of her painful experiences with the public on Instagram, writing, “I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy…I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others…I have MS and I am okay.” Since then, Blair has documented her struggles and joys in parenting, acting, and doing everyday tasks with the physical and mental symptoms of MS, a disease for which there is no cure.

On Sunday night she took the red carpet with defiant swagger, leaning on a monogrammed patent leather cane. “When my life flashes before my eyes, I want this portrait to be front and center,” Blair captioned an Instagram image of herself, regal with cape and cane, by photographer Mark Seliger.

Jenny Singer is the deputy life/features editor for the Forward. You can reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

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