People of this life, it is evident this world is indebted to my #1 girl Kim K for a multitude of reasons. Those reasons span from how to foster a prosperous career post-sex tape, to the ways in which to best angle your face for a tech-based self-portrait. Yes, we are ALL blessed for every single gift she graces us with and each and every one of us is better for it. On a personal level, I feel gratitude beyond measure for a whole different reason and that is what I am here to share with the TGS community today.
Yes, Kim bares it all on KUWTK and included in the many means of her exposure is the candid detail surrounding our shared battle of psoriasis. Yes, it’s OURS. Just me and KKW. I will never forget the KUWTK episode just a few years ago where Kim first discovered she had blotchy red spots on her legs. Let me remind you that the ‘other’ sister Khloe rudely joked it was ringworm. It was at this very moment where I realized this woman would be my champion. She would be the voice for those who cannot speak (aka me). Kim K, one of the world’s most famous pop culture icons and the owner of the most acclaimed a$$ets in the galaxy, was giving psoriasis a worldwide platform – the first celebrity in my lifetime to raise mass awareness for my own personal gain.
I’ve had psoriasis since I was five years old. Let me be clear – it’s not dandruff. I practice great hygiene and I am sure Kimmy does as well. This is an autoimmune condition that touches many of the world’s most beautiful (thanks to KKW for joining me on this list). Since 1995, I’ve been prescribed every OTC medicine to ever be invented by my dermatologist(s). Mine plagues mainly my scalp but seasonally my elbows and knuckles, super quiche. The official name for my specific category is called seborrheic dermatitis, as it concentrates on my scalp. Forget that it’s disgusting and embarrassing, it’s incredibly itchy and uncomfortable. I don’t know life without it – this is sad but I got over it. I’m going to leave out the majority of the actual details of the condition because they’re gross and this isn’t the mayoclinic.com discussion board. Stress and weather make it worse aka I have it most days of the year.
My most treasured memories include, but are not limited to: the countless times where I spoke to cute boys in HS and college who stared at my hairline and told me I had stuff in it (shout out to the entire season of winter where it can often look like snow is falling on top of only my head) and also the 3 times a week where I spent the entire night sectioning off my hair in the shower mirror, applying prescription shampoo, and letting it eat my skin cells for an hour.
Today I can confidently say I have tossed all of my pride out the window. I no longer feel the need to ever explain myself to the outside world. Lady Yeezus has paved the way to diminish the stigma surrounding psoriasis. Now, when I’m on a date once a year or a coworker sees a few flakes in my hair and everyone wonders why I am unable to locate dandruff shampoo in CVS aisle 5, I proudly say “I am living with psoriasis and don’t worry, Kim K has it too.”