Fashion blogging is usually an array of pretty clothes, great ‘lewks,’ fabulous travel, swag bags chock full of goodies and showing off your best OOTD (outfit of the day). But for Dominican-American blogger Kyrzayda Rodriguez, who was based in New Jersey, her already popular blog and Instagram account became much more in the past year.
In October 2017, after a trip to the hospital when something just didn’t feel right, Rodriguez was diagnosed with stomach cancer. As cancers go, its one of the more serious ones, because symptoms are often so minor until the disease has advanced. By the time Rodriquez found out, she had Stage IV cancer.
Yet, Rodriguez continued blogging via her official site and Instagram page, bravely detailing the ups and downs of her battle with cancer. As she lost weight and her hair, Rodriguez updated her followers on her progress. Last month, she announced that after several rounds of chemo, she would no longer continue treatment. And yet, despite that devastating news, she still kept up her blog, taking fashion shots and working with brands that continued to support her. Along the way, she attracted the support of hundreds of thousands who encouraged her, prayed for her, uplifted and inspired her as she did the same for them.
Her following included fellow fashion bloggers, fans of fashion, those who have survived or are currently battling cancer and celebrities including Nene Leakes, Draya, Ludacris’ wife Eudoxie, Beyonce’s publicist Yvette Noel Schure and more.
On August 20th, a visibly weakened Rodriquez celebrated her 40th birthday. A few days ago, she did an Instagram Live, encouraging her followers to appreciate every day, to be unapologetic and not to wait to do the things they desire. On September 9, an announcement was made on her Instagram that she had passed and many from around the world mourned her loss, posting to her page while praising her grace, courage, beauty and inspiration.
Here are some of the highlights of Rodriquez’ too-short life.
Announcement of her passing:
Last Instagram Live:
Last Instagram post:
Celebrating her 40th birthday:
Staying positive despite her prognosis:
Encouraging others despite her struggle:
On inner beauty
Another fab look:
Still working while getting a little R&R
Making strides and taking care of herself
Encouraging people to do what they love despite any obstacles:
Before and during her battle with cancer
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Heaven has gained a STYLE ANGEL!! You were such a soilder, you fought until the very end-SLAYING US DOWN! She was the epitome of STYLE INSPIRATION and she did everything so effortlessly! . . RIP my love! 😭💔💕🙏🏾 . . #kyrzaydarodriguez #kyrzayda #ripkyrzayda #stylesaint #stylesavior #styleangel
Attending the Latin Grammys
Announcing that she had cancer:
At the hospital before she announced her diagnosis:
Pics of Rodriquez and her fabulous fashions:
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Her pictures were drama! Gave me life! I always looked forward to seeing her succeed. She made bold moves. I really believed in my heart that with all the faith and love she was going to be cancer free. Cancer never touched her spirit though. She never let it bring her down. She fought till the end. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Sept 2013 I saw you at my first NYFW event. You were so fierce and humble. Your bad ass hair and that glowing personality. Smiles all over like if you have been doing this fashion thing forever. Not knowing it was the beginning to opening up so many doors for you! Fashion was your Passion and it’s not a coincidence that you passed away same month during Fashion week that started it all. You were so Brave, so humble, so Thankful, a BOSS BITCH, inspirational and all of the above. #youinspireuskyrzayda in so many ways! Although our hearts are broken to see you go, You are now resting in peace. You had a purpose, You were beyond just beauty and fashion. You left behind a legacy and it will forever live on. I’m going to miss seeing you kill the fashion game. Heaven just gained the baddest Angel of all time. Keep Sprinkling that beautiful Energy from above. #youinspireuskyrzayda #ripfashionista #dominicanblogger #latinablogger #fuckcancer #beautifulstranger #warrior #kyrzaydarodriguez
PHOTO: Kyrzayda.com (fair use)
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