Lila Moss walks the Fendi x Versace runway with her insulin pump on full display

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Photo credit: Daniele Venturelli - Getty Images
Photo credit: Daniele Venturelli - Getty Images

Supermodel Kate Moss and her daughter Lila Moss appeared on the same catwalk for the very first time during Milan fashion Week, with both featuring in the special Fendi x Versace collaboration show. But Lila in particular made headlines for displaying an important accessory: her insulin pump.

Lila, 18, had an Omnipod insulin pump for type 1 diabetes clearly visible on her upper thigh as she walked down the runway in a high-cut one-piece. Lila later posted about the show on Instagram and, while she didn’t mention her pump, plenty of other people did.

“Thank you for not hiding your diabetes!! You are gorgeous!” one person wrote in the comments. “Thank you for wearing your Insulin pump so proudly,” another said. “T1D🙌 love your pod and the example you lead!” someone else chimed in.

People also praised the teen on Twitter.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition whereby the pancreas produces little or no insulin, according to the Mayo Clinic. Insulin, in case you’re not familiar with it, is a hormone your body needs to allow sugar (glucose) to enter your cells to give you energy.

There is no cure for type 1 diabetes, but treatment focuses on managing your blood sugar levels with insulin, diet, and lifestyle to prevent complications. Some patients with type 1 diabetes will do regular injections of insulin to manage their blood sugar, but many will use a pump like Lila, which is programmed to dispense specific amounts of insulin automatically.

Type 1 diabetes is not as common as type 2 diabetes, but 1.3 million people in the US have the condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Lila hasn’t addressed her type 1 diabetes much, but she did mention it in a 2020 interview with The Kit. “I think not many people know that I have diabetes,” she said. “It’s not visible from the outside, so no one would really know just by looking at you. I have type 1.”

Lila also shared that she wants to be an advocate for people with type 1 diabetes. “I’d definitely like to try and help as much as I can,” she said. “There’s loads of things I’d like to try and help with.”

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