The Balmain stylist posts for the first time the photo of himself after the fire that fell on his house
French stylist Olivier Rousteing has for the first time shared his story and photo after a fire that burned down his house last year.
"I finally feel ready to share this with you. I have been hiding this for a long time and now is the time for you to know.
Exactly one year ago, a fire broke out inside my house.
I woke up the next morning at Saint Louis Hospital in Paris. The talented staff at that hospital, which dealt with an extraordinary number of cases with COVID at the same time, took extremely great care of me. Nor can I thank them enough.
I did my best to hide this story from as many people as possible and trying to keep it a secret with my teams and friends for a long time.
To be honest I'm not really sure why I was so ashamed, maybe this obsession with perfection for which fashion is known and for my insecurities…
As I recovered, I simply worked day and night to forget this and create all of my collections, trying to keep my dreams alive with my collections and at the same time hiding scars with face masks, sleeves long and even multiple rings on all fingers in many interviews or photo sessions.
And I really realized that the power of social media is to reveal just what you want to show!
It allows us to create our own unique narrative that avoids what we do not want to see or show: this is our new world.
Now, a year later I am healed, happy and healthy.
I realize how blessed I really am and thank God every day of my life.
My last show celebrated healing over pain and I thank all the models on my team my Balmain family models, my friends who came and supported not only my 10 years of Balmain, but my rebirth.
Today, I feel so free, so good and so lucky. I am starting a new chapter with a smile on my face and a heart full of gratitude.
To the doctors and nurses in Saint Louis and to all who helped me during this long healing and kept my secret: a deep thank you. I love you.
God bless you all ? and never give up! "The sun always rises after a storm," writes Olivier.
He has been Balmain stylist since 2011 when he was only 25 years old. According to Out Magazine, the company increased its profits from 15% to 20% between 2012-2015.
In 2019, Netflix made a documentary entitled "Wonder Boy" about his career and the search to find the biological mother.