Selma Blair: I lived in a homeless shelter
November 10th, 2011
03:05 PM ET

Selma Blair: I lived in a homeless shelter

When it came time to decide between buying a dress and being able to pay rent, Selma Blair once chose fashion.

The actress shared with E! News that she was living at a homeless shelter when she purchased her first Versace dress… instead of paying rent.

"My first Versace piece was a red velvet overall minidress," Selma said at a soiree for the Versace for H&M line. "I was basically homeless, living in the Salvation Army in New York City. I was 21 years old, and I saved up all my money [for the designer dress] that I should have saved up for rent at the Salvation Army."

Luckily, a piece from the fashion label’s H&M line won’t impact your budget quite so harshly. Pieces range from $17.99 (for boxers) to a $299 leather jacket.

"Every woman should feel what it's like to wear Versace, and now they can!" crowed party guest Jessica Alba.

The Versace collection hits select H&M stores on November 19.


soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. sosofresh

    Wow, I learned something new about Ms. Blair today... she is a vain, self-important, pretentious, imbecile. Neat.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alix

    What an idiot. That's taking away a bed from someone who really needs it. I hope she has donated hugely to the Salvation Army...and after this idiocy, she should probably send them the price of 100 Versace dresses.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nancy

    We all do stupid things in our early 20s. However, there are only so many beds in a homeless shelter. And the sad thing is that she selfishly took up a bed, potentially preventing some other woman, who may not have been able to pay for rent or a dress, or anything else for that matter from being able to spend the night there.

    December 3, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Charlie

    Oh boo hoo, another rich white woman who thinks she is a victim and the world owes her something! (I am white, so don't assume someone of another race posted this)

    December 3, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. roro

    pretty pathetic
    makes her look dumber than she is

    November 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dave

    I wonder how much money I would have to have before I gave a damn about Versace clothes.

    However, I do feel for that extremely ugly woman that runs the place.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Greg

    For all you people complaining about her taking up beds for the "poor homeless" there's many "poor homless" people who have i phones and use their public assistance money to smoke crack.

    November 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dore

    hope she donate allot of money to the Salvation Army.. those are good people there.. While I do not share their religion, they do gds work none the less.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
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  9. Jenbeee

    Fact check, please! If she was paying (or supposed to be paying) rent, it's not a "homeless shelter."

    November 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rock

    ummmm....boo hoo?

    November 21, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mister Putter

    Why is she bragging about this, it's not like she's an A lister. No one will remember or notice when she dies.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MotoJB

    Wow, I just lost some respect and attraction for her. Just another stupid, too rich for integrity celebrity...supporting lame American habits. Spending money on a dress instead of keeping the lights on? Taking advantage of a salvation army bed when she can somehow buy a Versace dress? The worst part is that she thinks nothing of this by admitting it openly in public, like it's supposed to be funny or something. Way to go Selma.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeepers

    Wow. Her priorities were pretty mixed up.

    November 15, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sarah

    Wow that's just disgusting.

    November 15, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chris

    This is an advertisement at best, pure drivel at worst.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  16. RCDC

    I will built her a house if she is my girlfriend.

    November 13, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  17. RCDC

    She is beautiful. Her boyfriend is very lucky.

    November 13, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  18. Ginger

    This is very disappointing. The Salvation Army and other shelters have a limited number of beds, so some truly needy people may be turned away at the end of the day. She let other women and possibly children sleep on the streets so she could afford a fancy dress? :(

    November 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janine

      I completely agree with you. People have no sense of personal responsibility anymore, and I personally would never accept a handout like that, especially when it would take the same away from someone who truly needs it, unless I was literally starving and had absolutely no choice. I have zero respect for people who do this, and even less for those who brag about it.

      November 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • tine

      I also agree with you! I worked with homeless women and children as a social worker and I can tell you how shameful this is. Being in a shelter for some people is their LAST and ONLY option. I cannot believe she would admit this and think that this kind of behavior is okay or funny. Very disappointed.

      November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • MotoJB

      Amen...way to go Selma.

      November 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Anomic Office Drone

    Choosing fancy clothes over a place to live doesn't make you fashionable. It makes you stupid.

    November 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  20. DJ AFRI-MAN

    Dang I wish she would have come and lived with me. Plus I would of helped her pay for the dresses.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon

      anything for a white woman eh

      November 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
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    @youtellem...let me tell you something. winnie mandela may have murdered people...that just makes her a murderer. And your comment makes you a black kkk member.

    November 11, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  22. Playjojo

    Sweatheart, from the sound of you, you'd only attract white trash anyway. I don't know why you're being so picky.

    November 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |

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