Confidence is a huge playmaker in being sexually healthy.
For women who have undergone mastectomies feeling comfortable in their own skin may not be something that happens overnight. Oftentimes their personal journeys are eclipsed by the statistics that riddle breast cancer as a whole.
In an effort to showcase just how empowered these women are, AnaOno — a lingerie line made specifically for women undergoing breast cancer — centered their NYFW presentation on survivors themselves.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to show that these inspiring women walking our runway are no different than any other woman walking New York Fashion Week, or sitting in the audience or even riding the subway or walking into your neighborhood coffee shop,” said Dana Donofree, AnaOno’s creator, to PEOPLE.
According to BreastCancer.org, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 252,710 new cases will be found in 2017.
The NYFW presentation was a powerful statement that for those who undergo breast cancer treatment or mastectomies that their beauty comes from a deeper place.
“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,” explained Donofree.
A portion of the proceeds raised at the presentation will benefit cancer research.