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New swimwear line for women who have had mastectomies

Swimwear designer Melissa Odabash has created a range of bathers for women who have been affected by breast cancer.

Swimsuit designer Melissa Odabash , who is a favourite with celebrities like Beyoncé, Kate Moss and Kate Middleton, has created a new range with breast cancer survivors in mind.
In collaboration with cancer organisation Future Dreams Charity Odabash created a line of swimwear for women who may have scarring and sensitive skin due to cancer surgery, like mastectomies.
The collection features five styles that have been constructed from a soft microfiber and have specific features such as sewn-in moulded cups, wide-adjustable straps and high back bands.
Future Dreams Charity's founder Amanda Grossman said the range came about due to a gaping hole in the market.
"The collaboration basically came about because we just kept on having women post-surgery coming to us and just saying there was no swimwear that fulfilled their needs," said Grossman. during a behind-the-scenes video.
"Whether it was from scarring or sensitive skin issues and the seams were maybe too thick on the current swimwear ranges, or that the things they were being directed to were really aren’t attractive."
Former British Olympic gymnast and Sky News presenter Jacquie Beltrao was selected to model the range.
Beltrao is a cancer survivor herself having been diagnosed with breast cancer on Christmas Eve 2013 and undergoing a mastectomy in early 2014.
"You'd probably not be able to tell unless you looked closely – I think I just look like I have pretty good boobs for a woman who's had three children. But still I wouldn't wear a very low-cut bikini top as you'd see the scars," Beltrao told The Daily Mail.
Odabash said choosing someone who was not a fashion model to be the face of her range was an important decision.
"I didn’t want it to be your typical catalogue stiff [advertising]," said Odabash. "I wanted people to be inspired when they see images of Jacquie and I want people to be able to relate to the collection."
"I hope this small thing that I've done gives women a little bit of confidence," said Odabash of her collection.
The range is due to become available from February 10 and twenty per cent of all sales from the suits will go to Future Dreams.

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