Sonia Rykiel: I have Parkinson’s disease

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Sonia Rykiel has revealed she has Parkinson’s disease, after finding it “impossible” to keep secret any longer.

The French fashion designer’s health has been called into question over recent months, with claims she has been looking frail.

She made the announcement about her health in a new book called N’oubliez pas que je joue, which means Don’t forget it’s a game. The tome is co-written by Judith Perrignon and in it Sonia talks about the disease.

“I don’t want to show my pain. I resisted, I hesitated, I tried to be invisible, to pretend that nothing was wrong. It’s impossible, it’s not like me,” she says in the book.

The 81-year-old designer discovered she had Parkinson’s 15 years ago. She has opened up about it now because she can no longer disguise the signs, such as shaking.

The star has been using a cane for a while now, although those she works with suggested she was never pictured with it.

Sonia discussed her love of fashion in the latest edition of French Elle. She thinks women get too caught up in trends, when really they need to think about what suits their figures when getting dressed.

“The ultimate elegance is the one that you can see and that fits you well,” she explained. “I really like what I called the unfashion, playing with fashion in relation to oneself, to what we are, and not in relation to the trends and the designers. It is for us to decide that we have nice shoulders and show them, that we have bad legs and hide them. Pants are just as good for women who have good legs!”

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