The fashion community is currently mourning the loss of beloved fashion and style blogger Kyrzayda Rodriguez. After nearly a year’s long battle against Stage 4 Stomach cancer, the Dominican writer behind the fashion blog Kyrzayda died Sunday, September 9th.
Rodriguez carved out a career for herself in the competitive fashion world all through her blog.
The thirty-seven-year-old fashion and lifestyle blogger was a self-described full-time mother, fitness enthusiast and owner of a boutique. She started her blog in 2013 and saw her work take off a year later in 2014, but it wasn’t until 2016 that she was able to leave her job and take on blogging full time. “I turned my life around and now I get to do what I love. You guys have opened the doors and you allow me into your feed each day,” she wrote in a post about herself to her audience. In the years since creating her first blog post, Rodriguez amassed a large following on her blog as well as her Instagram account which currently has 409K followers. Despite her large following, Rodriguez managed to maintain a close relationship with them, often giving them advice and keeping them up to date on her battle with cancer from the day she was diagnosed with it.
Last month, Rodriguez announced to fans on Instagram that she would no longer be seeking treatment for her cancer.
“There are many moving parts to cancer treatment; there’s chemo, radiation, paracentesis, prayer, etc,” she wrote in the post to her account. “I am grateful for the role all of these things have played so far. However, the chemo and radiation will be discontinued because it is not working the way I hoped it would. I have decided to stop these treatments so that I can enjoy the rest of my time with my friends and family and to be as pain-free as possible.
Nearly a month later, Rodriguez announced that she would not be making an appearance at the much anticipated New York Fashion Week due to her illness. “I still haven’t decided if I’m attending this year, I do have my wardrobe ready just in case,” she said in a caption. “I’m going to share a few of my fav street style looks over my experiences. If it’s your first time attending Fashion Week; enjoy it to the max, really network, and don’t be afraid to be yourself. Remember it’s not about being everywhere but creating a special milestone in your life.” In response to her absence from the event, the fashion community started up #youinspireuskyrzayda on Instagram. The hashtag saw thousands of Instagram posts by fans and friends of the blogger, who dedicated their outfits and posts to Rodriguez. In the hours after her death, Rodriguez’s followers have used the hashtag to mourn her death and share how she affected their lives. “To be a witness in your life, To watch you make everything beautiful, To watch you fight for everything you wanted, was a blessing. You fought so many battles your entire life, stylishly. There was nothing you couldn’t make look good! You never gave up, you were PURE,” wrote one user of the hashtag.