Balmain's Olivier Rousteing discovers birth mother in new documentary

Olivier Rousteing at Balmain fashion show

Olivier Rousteing has reached out to his birth mother as part of a new documentary.

The French designer began his career at Roberto Cavalli, before replacing Christophe Decarnin as creative director at Balmain in 2011 when he was just 25.

Since then, Rousteing's career has gone from strength to strength, but he has continued to have questions about his birth parents, and as part of Anissa Bonnefont's new film Wonder Boy, the fashion star located his adoption file and discovered his mother's identity.

"There's all this talk about inclusivity and diversity, and I'm the first to fight for it, but how could I fight for it without knowing myself where I was from?" he said in an interview with The New York Times. "I thought I had to face not only my own roots, but my question about why my mother didn't want me."

Rousteing was adopted at 12 months old and had a happy childhood in Bordeaux. He and his family had always assumed he was biracial and his parents "were very in love" but couldn't stay together because of their age. Yet, the designer was stunned to find out that this wasn't the case.

"She was Somalian and he was Ethiopian, which means I am African-African... I'm black," the 34-year-old revealed, adding that his mother was very young when he was born and still lives in France.

Rousteing did not share further details about his biological parents, though he did write a letter for social workers to give to his mother. He is unsure what he will do if she responds.

The designer will unveil his spring/summer 2020 collection for Balmain on Friday. Wonder Boy is to be broadcast in France on 16 October and hit cinemas the following month.

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