Breast cancer survivors walk the runway at New York Fashion Week in empowering lingerie show
New York Fashion Week is commonly known for its glamorous catwalk shows featuring some of the most renowned models in the world, however, this week the catwalk featured some of the most inspiring and strong women in the world. On Sunday afternoon, a group of breast cancer survivors proudly took to the catwalk to strut their stuff in an empowering runway show.
The Cancerland show saw dozens of women take to the runway in lingerie designed by Ana Ono. Many of the women chose to proudly show off their mastectomy scars as they walked down the catwalk.
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to show that these inspiring individuals walking our runway are no different than any other person walking New York Fashion Week, or sitting in the audience or even riding the subway or walking into your neighborhood coffee shop," said Donna Donofree, an Ana Ono designer and breast cancer survivor;
"We want to show that whether you have been diagnosed with breast cancer or have a genetic marker, have breasts or have none, have visible scarring or even tattoos in place of nipples, it doesn’t matter.
You are still empowered, strong and sexy."
It's the second time the event has been held at fashion week, with it being founded by cancer sufferer and activist Champagne Joy, who sadly passed away in March 2017. Despite this, her legacy has carried on by others who work for the organization, with them being on a "mission to redefine the face of the illness".
"Through discussions of topics such as intimacy during and after treatment or the harsh financial realities of cancer, #Cancerland provides a platform to address breast cancer’s often ignored realities," the group's website explains.
"Cancerland advocates for research into therapies that will extend the lives of terminally ill cancer patients, and eventually turn Stage IV disease into a chronic condition, not a death sentence.
It rejects the notion that this disease defines the people who battle it. We are not victims marching to our pink ribbon deaths.
We choose to live our lives fully and completely, while accepting the highs and lows of a disease that afflicts 1-in-8 women every year and kills 108 Americans every day."
The show was emceed by Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino and saw dozens of women take to the catwalk in order to raise thousands of dollars for breast cancer research and awareness.
"It was a beautiful show featuring many beautiful faces,' the organizers wrote on the non-profit's official Facebook group.
It was an incredible event to be a part of, meeting new people and hearing everyone's stories."
Anna Crolland, 27, from North Carolina, was a participant at this year's show. Talking to New & Observer, she revealed that she decided to sign up for the event after watching the inaugural show on Facebook Live last year.
"Last year I watched the Cancerland X AnaOno fashion show on Facebook Live and sobbed tears of joy."
"The power and pride of seeing women who looked like me, and knew what I have been through, walk the runway greatly impacted me.
The show was recognized worldwide and helped draw attention to the realities of metastatic breast cancer—the only kind of breast cancer that kills.
Breast cancer is more than pink ribbons and 5ks – it is real women like me dying in their 20s, 30s and 40s."
All of the women that took part in the show and deserve all the plaudits that they are receiving. What an amazing way of raising awareness for breast cancer and showing sufferers that they are not alone and that they are powerful.