Picture a typical lingerie model and it’s likely you’ll have some version of a Victoria’s Secret Angel sashaying around in your head. But at New York Fashion Week on Monday, 16 women shattered that stereotype.
The women came from different ethnic backgrounds, had varied ages and diverse body types. But it was what these women had in common that made the show truly special:
All have battled breast cancer.
The models were representing AnaOno Intimates, a lingerie brand dedicated to women who have undergone a mastectomy or reconstructive surgery.
Some bared their scars and changed chests, others walked with fists in the air, triumphant.
Of those 16, seven have metastatic disease, meaning their cancer has spread beyond their breasts. Of those seven, four were diagnosed at stage IV. (Post continues after gallery.)