Selma Blair was overcome with emotion as she made her first public appearance since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party on Sunday night (24Feb19).
The Cruel Intentions actress, who revealed her battle with the condition in October (18), hit the red carpet at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California for the annual post-Oscars party. Pulling out all the stops with her outfit, Selma wowed in a trapless multi-colored gown and matching cape by Ralph & Russo, which she accompanied with a black cane, customized with her monogram and a pink diamond.
Video footage from the red carpet obtained by the Daily Mail Online showed the 46-year-old smiling and posing for photographers, before being given assistance to walk to the next set of snappers. But when she reached her new position, she was overcome with emotion and burst into tears.
“I’m sorry!” she tearfully told onlookers, who cheered her on and offered some applause. “It took so much to come out here.”
She then gathered her emotions, wiped away her tears and got an assistant to check her eye make-up before continuing to pose for photographers.
Journalist Jessica Radloff shared footage of Selma posing and tweeted, “The moment we will all be talking about tomorrow is the courageous #SelmaBlair, making her first appearance since announcing her MS diagnosis, at the VF Oscar party. She needs a cane to help walk, but she came to prove that no matter how tough this disease, she is a fighter.”
The Legally Blonde star retweeted the message and thanked Jessica for her comments, as well as thanking actress Minka Kelly who tweeted, “You are exquisite, @SelmaBlair… You are a warrior and you are beautiful.”
Selma also posed for Vanity Fair’s traditional portrait series and she shared the picture on Twitter, writing: “Glorious feeling. Thank you. Always… I will cherish this moment.” She also posted on Instagram with the caption: “When my life flashes before my eyes, I want this portrait by @markseliger to be front and center.”
Selma revealed she had been diagnosed with the disease, which affects the brain and spinal cord, in an emotional Instagram post in October.
– Cover Media0