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Naomi Parris

These Celebrities All Have Endometriosis: They Don't Let It Affect Their Lives or Fashion Choices

Chrissy Teigen wore Oscar de la Renta at the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscars Party. (Credit: Courtesy of Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

One in 10 women suffer from endometriosis and it doesn't discriminate. Celebrities like country legend Dolly Parton, Monica, Alexa Chung, Chrissy Teigen, Gabrielle Union-Wade, Olivia Culpo, and Halsey all live with the condition, which can be painful, debilitating, and tough when it comes to fashion.

Fashion writer Tabitha Britt recently opened up to Fashion Times about her personal journey of being diagnosed with endometriosis and how it dramatically affected her life and wardrobe choices. Read her story to discover how she navigates dressing on tough days here. The chronic inflammatory condition occurs when endometrial-like tissue grows outside the uterus and can spread to the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and pelvic cavity resulting in severe pain in the pelvis area, putting extra pressure on the abdomen and making it difficult to get pregnant.

Ahead, these celebrities have all opened up about their endometriosis diagnosis, raising much-needed awareness for the condition.


Halsey stuns on the 2022 Grammys carpet in a Pressiat corset gown. (Credit: Courtesy of Amy Sussman/Getty Images))

Halsey hasn't let her diagnosis stop her from "living a crazy, WILD, rewarding life," she once said. The Without me singer courageously opened up about her experience at the 2022 Grammys where she donned a zipped leather corset gown from Pressiat. She revealed that her first time at the awards came just three days after her first endometriosis surgery. "I walked the carpet with my stitches still in. As luck would have it, I'm attending [the Grammys] for the first time in years and I had surgery again (you guessed it) three days ago," the star recalled in an Instagram post.

Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung, a respected authority in fashion who also has the condition, made statement worth noting through her clothes in collaboration with the World Endometriosis Research Foundation (WERF) in 2021. Through her eponymous label ALEXACHUNG, the model designed a pair of T-shirts that read "Emmeline," with proceeds going to more extensive research on the condition and preventative measures. "The reason I knew about it was because I read Lena Dunham's account of her journey...It is something we should be talking about and I'm so happy to be in a position where I might effect change, or at least raise awareness. But even saying that, it just feels so personal.." Chung told Refinery 29.

Olivia Culpo

Olivia Culpo poses at the 2023 Fashion Awards in London. (Credit: Courtesy of Joe Maher/Getty Images)

After opening up about her diagnosis three years ago, Olivia Culpo saw 12 doctors before receiving any proper help. "The debilitating pain happened and continued to progress as I got older and that's when it really started to affect my day-to-day life where I really could not function," she explained on the SHE MD podcast.

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham attends the 2nd Annual Academy Museum Gala at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. (Credit: Courtesy of Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

In Vogue's 2018 March issue, Dunham wrote a personal essay "Losing It" that shared what it's like living with the condition as well as her decision to get a hysterectomy, which posed even more difficulty to becoming a mother. "Because I had to work so hard to have my pain acknowledged, there was no time to feel fear or grief. To say goodbye," she wrote.

Gabrielle Union-Wade

Gabrielle Union-Wade at the 2024 NAACP Image Awards dinner. (Credit: Courtesy of Leon Bennett/Getty Images For NAACP)

The actress shared that she and husband Dwyane Wade weren't able to naturally conceive due to being diagnosed with adenomyosis which is a form of endometriosis. "Towards the end of my fertility journey I finally got some answers, because everyone said 'You're a career woman, you've prioritized your career, you waited too long and now you're just too old to have a kid — and that's on you for wanting a career. The reality is I actually have adenomyosis....Just know if you are out there having fertility issues — you are not alone," she said at the 2017 Blog Her conference.

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton taps into cowboy core while performing at the halftime show during the Washington Commanders and Dallas Cowboys game last year. (Credit: Courtesy of Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

The Jolene star also underwent a hysterectomy to resolve the issue in 1985, resulting in a battle with depression. "I was working hard, and underneath I was a pile of personal and emotional problems. All at once I fell apart," Parton said.

Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer attends the 75th Annual Writers Guild Awards at The Edison Ballroom in New York City. (Credit: Courtesy of Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Writers Guild of America East)

Schumer has been quite candid about her experience with endometriosis, having her uterus and appendix removed because of it. "My pain is real. Your pain is real. We have to advocate for ourselves. We have to speak up. And you know what? I'm worried this video is annoying, but I don't care, because I hope that it helps one woman go and find out why she's in so much pain," the actress said in a vulnerable Instagram post.

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen attends the 66th GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles (Credit: Courtesy of Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

In 2021, the model famously shared scars from her endometriosis surgery shortly before Valentine's Day. "I thought I would be... I usually am really good after. This one's a toughie," she said in an Instagram story at the time.


Monica attends Black Girls Rock 2019 in New Jersey. (Credit: Courtesy of Jemal Countess/Getty Images for BET)

The Boy Is Mine singer first opened up about her diagnosis in 2017 after having an eight hour surgery, so that other women would know they weren't alone. "My reason for sharing is because we, as women, are built to be warriors and we will ignore something that seems so simple that can be so complex," she told People.

Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson attends the 2023 amfAR Gala 2023 during the 76th Annual Cannes Film Festival. (Credit: Courtesy of Arnold Jerocki/Getty Images for Red Sea IFF)

Before becoming a mother via surrogate, Wilson revealed that she had no viable embryos due to the condition. "So I'd lost a huge amount of weight and been through 3 surgeries at that point and no viable embryos, it was devastating," she said in an interview with People. "I knew that my desire to become a mother was so strong, that I needed to keep trying."

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