Tattooed Breast Cancer Survivors Walk The Runway Topless
It takes a lot of courage to go out in public topless, with only boxer briefs on. And it takes a lot more to lose nipples due to mastectomy.
Breast Cancer Survivors Emily Jensen & Melanie Testa did this surprising act for Play Out, an NYC-based company specializing in gender neutral underwear designs for people of all gender identifications.
The show took place during Rainbow Fashion week, a week-long event part of the NYC pride.
Abby Sugar (co-founder of Play Out) tells us that the point of the show was to challenge gender norms and empower people of all body types... Especially flat toppers (those who lost their breasts due to Mastectomy).
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"Living in a society that does not reflect the image of my body (breastless, scarred & affected by Cancer) has a great consequence & influence to those who are newly diagnosed," Jensen told Huffington Post.
"Not all women choose reconstruction or feel that it will make them whole again. I choose to embrace my body as is & blithely proceed with grace & dignity. My hope is that other women will see these photos in their time of need & that they will feel empowered & informed about flat reconstruction as one option among many." Says Jensen.
Emily Jensen also founded Flat topper Pride: an organization that supports LGBTQ breast cancer survivors to empower & inspire.
"We want to keep breaking down barriers in terms of gender expectations," explains Abby Sugar of Play Out. "It's underwear. No matter your gender presentation or sexual orientation (gay, straight, bi, pan, etc.), we should all be able to wear whatever underwear that makes us feel sexy & affirms our sense of self."
Much respect to the LGBTQ community for fighting to stay alive & above all, for fighting to stay true!
We hope this article inspired you & made you realize how blessed you are. Love yourself, your body, because You are all you've got! Keep the pride & keep it real, everyone!