“I’m the flat woman,” says Chiara, a breast cancer survivor and author of Beauty Through the Beast, a blog about fighting cancer with beauty in mind. “To me, this photo exudes freedom. It illustrates the fact that we have choices and beauty has no boundaries. For example, some may choose reconstruction with beautiful tattoos, while others may not choose reconstruction at all and remain bare.”
“Our scars are not something to be ashamed of or hidden,” she continues. “In fact, they reveal our journey. When people see this photograph, I hope they see beauty in each of us; not just physically but, most importantly, the peace that we carry within.” Follow Chiara on Instagram @CancerBTTB.
“I’m the one with the tattoos,” says Allyson, a published alternative and pin-up model who raises breast cancer awareness through her work. “I had tattoos before cancer, so when this all happened—and I knew that I’d be having a bi-lateral mastectomy—there was no question in my mind; I wanted to tattoo something beautiful over what cancer had taken away.”
“This was my opportunity to take my body back,” she says. “Nothing compares to real breasts, but it has made looking in the mirror easier. I feel beautiful again. It's kind of like permanent lingerie.” Follow Allyson on Instagram @horror_cosmic.