Dear Kimhekim: We Are Not Attention Seekers, We Are Awareness Enhancers
September 28, 2019
Fashion designer Maison Kimhekim from South Korea felt it presentable at Paris Fashion Week to showcase a collection titled “Attention Seeker” with models and donning IV’s and plain white t-shirts with bold black letters across the chest spelling the word “SICK”.
As an epilepsy survivor of over 10 years, experiencing seizures multiple times a day, every day… Some that are noticed and some that go unnoticed, this is completely and utterly tasteless, vile and offensive. Coupled with their behavior since receiving immense backlash from the chronic illness/disabled community. No apology or response.
Epilepsy has nearly cost me my life on multiple occasions. I thank God every day for a new day to live. Because of my countless seizures a day, I’ve made the decision to be a stay-at-home wife. I’m not financially fabulous and couldn’t afford this trash you call fashion.
Maison, if you think disability/chronic illness is chic/trendy/fashionable I feel tremendously sad for your train of thought.
Constant blood draws, IV’s, non-invasive and even invasive electrodes. This is just a scratch into my journey. It is not trendy. It is a mission to STOP my seizures and I’m on a mission to HELP others understand the condition and those on the same journey.
Pause a moment and reflect. If you could walk a mile in any one of the millions of people living with a chronic illness’s shoes, would you find it trendy to walk with an IV in your hand? How about when you have solitary moment of peace from your chronic illness and you celebrate by doing something fun only to be harassed by someone labeling you as an attention seeker? Would you feel like seeking attention when all you can seek is a pillow after a seizure and tissues to wipe away tears wishing that they would stop long enough to let you have a fun time with family and friends? Tell me, in your mind, would you think it’s seeking attention to swallow your guilt to ask for help?
Illness is not a fashion statement. Let me repeat…ILLNESS IS NOT A FASHION STATEMENT.
Shame on you. If illness were to ever come knocking at your door, and I would never wish it upon anyone, there wouldn’t be an ounce of this style clothing to be found.
I am a happily-ever-after wife, an Epilepsy Diagnosee, Advocate for Epilepsy Awareness (The Epilepsy Network), life lover & Christ inspired! Life is a journey and I'm loving every moment of it. Even the bumps in the road!