It's no secret that New York Fashion Week always makes headlines, but one particular show stood out this year, and it was for the most inspiring reason. In an historic portion of the Art Hearts Fashion show, 16 models for Ana Ono Intimates, a first-ever lingerie and loungewear brand made specifically for people who have surgeries related to breast cancer diagnoses, strutted down the runway.
All 16 models featured were either patients or survivors of breast cancer, and for the first time in NYFW history, many of them either walked topless or took their clothes off on the runway. Because if you got it, flaunt it.
"I had to remove both my breasts, and decided to rebuild them, but I wasn't prepared for how dramatically my body was going to change," Ana Ono's founder Dana Donorfree told BuzzFeed. "I cried a lot in lingerie dressing rooms after cancer. Every time I was handed an armful of matronly, beige utilitarian bras and left in tears, I promised myself I would never let it happen to another woman again."
Chiara - champion of the blog @beautythroughthebeast - was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in 2016, and endured grueling surgeries that resulted in her choice to explant and go flat. Despite a rough several months, Chiara showed up at #nyfw2017 and brought that beauty she so often writes about. #ifightback #dontignorestageiv #lifer #cantstopwontstop #cancerland #anaono
While most fashion week shows are invitation-only, the philanthropic-minded Art Hearts Fashion show sold a select amount of tickets to the public and donated all of those proceeds to a New York based nonprofit that provides services to women battling breast cancer, called #Cancerland.
@lougol74 made a statement as she strutted down the runway proudly wearing the #cancerland stencil many of our models had painted on by the @manicpanicnyc team. A gorgeous soul and talented musician, Kiku definitely showed the world just how strong and sexy someone still in treatment for breast cancer can be. #ifightback #nyfw2017 #anaono #befierce #neveralone
@sspw backstage at #AOxCancerland #Exposed show. Shay is a beautiful soul with a heart of gold who spends her life advocating for others and lifting others up. The show fell on her birthday - and Madame President made it count as she rocked that runway. Today her story was featured on @foxbaltimore. #themagnificent16