Diabetes has become an epidemic in many parts of the world. However, the vast majority of people with diabetes live with type 2 diabetes (91%), while only 5.6% have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. As a result, many people aren’t aware of the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, or of the daily challenges the condition brings. However, celebrity advocates like Nick Jonas, hockey player Max Domi and model Lila Moss are helping to dispel the stigma and raise awareness about type 1 diabetes and how it impacts them in daily life.
Lila Moss Rocked Her Insulin Pump on the Runway
Moss, the 19-year-old model and daughter of fashion icon Kate Moss, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at eight years old. She has made waves in the diabetes community by rocking her insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor (CGM) on the runway.
In September 2021, the next-gen supermodel proudly walked the runway at a Versace by Fendi show with her insulin pump on full display on the side of her leg. Since the fashion industry is notoriously exclusive and not typically representative of the diversity of society, this was a particularly bold and brave move.
Serving as a Role Model for People with Type 1 Diabetes
By sharing photos of herself looking chic and beautiful while wearing her diabetic devices to her nearly 400,000 followers, Moss is serving as a role model for other people living with the same condition and proving that they can do anything despite living with a chronic illness.
Moss’s followers seem to also appreciate her openness about the condition, leaving positive messages in the comments section of her posts.
“So beautiful and thank you for incorporating her continuous glucose monitor to represent all the diabetics out there who make it part of their “fashion accessories” daily! Bravo!” One user wrote on an image of Moss looking elegant while sporting her CGM on the back of her arm.
She also shared more details about her daily diabetes management in an episode of “In The Bag” by British Vogue, which features different guests revealing the contents of their bag. In her video feature, Moss showed viewers her insulin pump and sugar source in case of low blood sugar.
Lila Moss is Shining the Light on a Condition Misrepresented in the Media
In many ways, type 1 diabetes is an invisible disability that requires constant monitoring, checking and balancing.
By proudly showing off her diabetic devices on the runway, Lila Moss is helping to shine the spotlight on a condition that’s often misunderstood and misrepresented in the media.
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