Getting an email asking you to walk at New York Fashion Week is partly like winning the lottery, but partly an “oh-shit” moment when you ask yourself the last time you worked out. Given the holidays, let’s just say I’ve been treating myself to delicious dinners in Portland with amazing company, fabulous Bourbon cocktails (drinking Bourbon was my New Year’s resolution last year) and lots of Peppermint Joe-Joe’s from Trader Joe’s. So needless to say, wearing lingerie for AnaOno at the 2018 #Cancerland x AnaOno fashion show is very exciting, but is causing a touch of anxiety.
All nail biting aside, I am so incredibly honored to walk the runway in my favorite city on Earth to show the world that women who are currently battling cancer or have battled in the past are truly “Fighting Pretty!” We are strong, incredible and beautiful women that need to make sure people are aware of the truth behind the pink ribbon, the pink color and some of the bubble-gum promotions out there.
Breast cancer is hard. You may lose body parts. You may lose confidence. You may lose your partners. And what #Cancerland, AnaOno, Fighting Pretty, and many more survivors and organizations that will likely be attending this fashion show are trying to do is empower women all over the globe to embrace the realities of breast cancer and show the world you have gone through a hardship, a battle and that you are incredibly strong and beautiful no matter if there are scars, breasts or nothing at all. And despite what trials and tribulations you have gone through in your life, you are f*cking amazing.
So even though I doing squats as I write this blog post (j/k, but will this afternoon), I am so incredibly honored and excited to walk alongside women that I admire all over this country in lingerie built and designed by one of my very good friends – and “breastie” – Dana Donofree.
And just a little funny to send you off...I'm feeling a bit like Carrie Bradshaw these days...but the best part is...
"When real people fall down in life, they get right back up and keep on walking!" ~ Carrie Bradshaw