Breast cancer survivors proudly reveal lingerie China their surgery scars as they storm the runway at New York Fashion Week in lingerie and platform boots for charity show
Brave breast cancer survivors have stormed the runway at New York Fashion Week in a groundbreaking show.
The 16 models all wore lingerie and lounge-wear from AnaOno, which designs specifically for women who have had mastectomies, breast reconstruction or breast surgery following a cancer diagnosis.
Women of all ages took part in the emotional runway show - the youngest of whom was just 18 when she was diagnosed - with many baring the visible after-effects of their battles with the disease.
They strutted the runway in platform boots and lingerie, some proudly whipping off their bras and cover-ups to display breast reconstruction or double mastectomies to cheers from the supportive crowd.
Ericka Hart, who underwent a double mastectomy, was among the models walking the runway for AnaOno in New York yesterday
A collection was modelled entirely by breast cancer survivors for the first time at New York Fashion Week
Cancer survivors modelled lingerie and loungewear at New York Fashion Week for AnaOno, which designs specifically for women who have undergone mastectomies
Ericka Hart, who underwent a double mastectomy in the wake of her own cancer diagnosis, was among the models striding down the runway in AnaOno founder Dana Donofree's line.
Hart, 31, who had breast reconstruction surgery in 2015 following her mastectomy, has previously spoken out about the fact there were virtually no examples of reconstruction scars on black women for her to look at ahead of the procedure. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Beautifully ornate VICTORIAN Valentine's Day cards reveal... Woman who quit her job when her stressful lifestyle made her... Left your Valentine's shopping to the last minute? Femail... Would YOU pay $3200 for an entrée? Pricey restaurant dish... Share this article Share 8.2k shares
Following her operation, Hart pledged to pose topless to show other black women going through similar experiences that they were not alone.
Proceeds from the show will go to Cancerland, a not-for-profit foundation founded by Champagne Joy, who joined actress Mira Sorvino on the runway following the close of the show.
All of the profits will benefit breast cancer patients.
The stars of the show were a far cry from the identikit models more often seen striding the catwalks at New York Fashion Week
Model Ericka Hart had reconstructive surgery following a double mastectomy
Actress Mira Sorvino (seen left) walks the runway with AnaOno founder Dana Donofree (right)
All of the women who modelled lingerie and loungewear on the catwalk had battled cancer
A model holds her arms aloft as she reaches the end of the runway at the AnaOno show
Designer Dana Donofree has said she hoped to 'change the conversation' about the crossroads between beauty and identity
Proceeds from the show went to Cancerland, a not for profit foundation benefiting breast cancer patients
Cancerland founder Champagne Joy (left) on the runway with the actress Mira Sorvino (right)
Proceeds from the show at New York Fashion Week will benefit breast cancer patients