Miroslava Duma battling rare lung disease

Fashion influencer Miroslava Duma is fighting a rare lung disease.The Russian blogger and businesswoman, who is often spotted sitting on the front row at runway shows, co-founded websites such as Buro 24/7 and The Tot, and is currently the chief execut…

Fashion influencer Miroslava Duma is fighting a rare lung disease.

The Russian blogger and businesswoman, who is often spotted sitting on the front row at runway shows, co-founded websites such as Buro 24/7 and The Tot, and is currently the chief executive officer of Future Tech Lab, a venture capital fund which seeks to bring fashion and science together in order to promote sustainability.

Over the weekend, Duma took to social media to share that she has been very ill throughout 2019.

“Earlier this year I was diagnosed with a rare lung disease and given seven months to live. It was crazy scary then, but looking back, I realise that the past few months of recovery were possibly the happiest months of my entire life,” the 34-year-old wrote. “I suddenly stopped running the marathon and realised how much I love life, how beautiful our world is and how much I want to stay here. With the people I love. For the first time in my life, I saw the bright blue of the skies. And the beautiful green of the trees. As if I had lived on a different planet before. I wake up happy, just because I can spend one more day here. Not asking for more or trying to run faster.”

Duma did not divulge details of her treatment. However, she acknowledged that her turbulent year has caused her to focus on the people of her life that really matter, particularly her husband Aleksey Mikheev and their three young children.

“Today I continue to follow my big dream, and genuinely believe it can help save our planet. No matter what. And against all odds. One day I hope I’ll be able to tell you all about it,” she insisted. “And most importantly: Thank you to all the wonderful people in my life, I love you with all my heart (and my lungs).”

Duma’s post quickly caught the attention of a number of her celebrity fans, including Nina Garcia, Rachel Zoe, and Maria Sharapova, while fashion designer Alber Elbaz wrote, “I just want to hug you and tell you that the love of your amazing husband and beautiful children and maybe all of us that love you made you fight to stay and stand still here in this world. love (and a good doctor) is all we nee️d.”

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Ulyana Sergeenko apologises for using racial slur in note

Ulyana Sergeenko has issued a bizarre apology after using a racial slur in a note to a fashion blogger.The Russian designer launched her eponymous line in 2011 and counts celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Dita Von Teese, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian as fan…

Ulyana Sergeenko has issued a bizarre apology after using a racial slur in a note to a fashion blogger.

The Russian designer launched her eponymous line in 2011 and counts celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Dita Von Teese, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian as fans.

However, Sergeenko came under fire on Tuesday (23Jan18) when style star Miroslava Duma posted on her Instagram Stories an image of a bouquet of roses and an accompanying note which read, “To my n****s in Paris.”

The photograph quickly elicited negative responses from social media users, with Sergeenko taking to her own Instagram page to apologise and explain that the note was some sort of inside joke, and a reference to Kanye West and JAY-Z’s 2011 song.

“Kanye West is one of my favourite musicians, and NP (N****s in Paris) is one of my favorite songs, and yes, we call each other the N word sometimes when we want to believe that we are just as cool as these guys who sing it,” she wrote. “I am deeply sorry to everyone whom I might have offended. Mira is a dear friend and even the fact that she so naively posted my private card on her social means that we meant nothing wrong and didn’t realised (sic) the consequences.”

In spite of addressing the backlash, Sergeenko has still received criticism from followers, with critics calling out her “tone deaf” statement and “casual racism”.

Duma has also shared an apology on her Instagram page. She wrote: “I sincerely apologise for my regrettable Instagram Story that went out… The word is utterly offensive, and I regret promoting it and am very sorry. I deeply respect people of all backgrounds and detest racism or discrimination of any kind.”

However, amidst the controversy, she has lost a role, with Nasiba Adilova announcing on Instagram that the Russian fashionista has been removed from her position as a board member at The Tot, a baby product company.

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