#HospitalGlam: The Chronic Illness Social Movement
Taking shame out of being in treatment one selfie at a time.
Meet Karolyn Gehrig, the queer disabled artist who's transforming her frequent hospital visits into artwork, a hashtag, and a social movement.
Gehrig started out doing this project to feel good about her body while going through treatment — her body, her rules, no shame allowed.
Taking the photos is a way for Gehrig to feel powerful in a space that most people often feel powerless.
She has fun with memes and all aspects of social media too. This was her contribution to the popular Insta-trend #FlatLayFriday.
A nice basic outfit look featuring her super chic and monochromatic hospital bed, natch.
And like all of us, she gains strength through the power of Beysus.
#HospitalGlam is about navigating illness through humor and pop culture glamour. Take, for example, Gehrig's Beyoncé moment. Neurology required that she wear electrodes and a face net for 72 hours, so Gehrig pulled up Beyoncé videos from the artist's On the Run tour for inspiration. Out comes a glamour moment — complete with cocktail dress and dark eye makeup that even Queen Bey would be proud of.