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article imageFashion show in Vigo: 'A woman is not just a pair of boobs'

By Anne Sewell     Jun 5, 2013 in Health
Vigo - Following the example of Hollywood superstar, Angelina Jolie, a group of Spanish women held a fashion catwalk to show off their post-mastectomy figures in the Galician city of Vigo.
The event was organized by AECC, the Spanish Association against Cancer, and featured nine Spanish women who have undergone mastectomies in the past, following breast cancer diagnoses.
AECC have been running the "cancer catwalk" for the past 13 years, but this year there was a special message, due to the publicity of Angelina Jolie's recent mastectomy.
The ladies took part in the fashion show to prove that they have every reason to be proud of their post-op bodies.
“A woman is not just a pair of boobs, we're so much more!” 37-year-old Paqui López told national daily El Mundo.
As in the case of Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, López, has high incidences of breast cancer in her family. She told El Mundo, “It didn't take me by surprise.”
“It did affect my confidence at first, but having cancer does not make you less of a woman or less sexy. You learn a lot from it and you get to know yourself more than ever.”
The nine women had the chance to overcome their complexes about their bodies by wearing special bras and swimsuits with fitted prosthesis while taking to the catwalk in front of a cheering audience.
Maite Vázquez, one of the other models, told El Mundo that Jolie's decision to have both her breasts removed to counteract the high risk of breast cancer was a positive example for all women.
“If my daughter or granddaughter had a high chance of developing the illness, I would definitely encourage them to have a mastectomy before it came along,” Vázquez said.
However, AECC psychologist Elisa Alonso told The Local that it should be up to doctors to determine whether prevention is better than cure. "What Angelina Jolie decided to do doesn't happen very often in Spain," Alonso said.
"We never encourage women to have mastectomies unless doctors deem it necessary or a suitable preventative method."
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