Elly Mayday has decided to bare her soul and her scars to help other women, especially those with cancer, to accept their bodies and themselves.
Mayday is a Canadian plus-size model who is battling a rare form of ovarian cancer that is typically seen in post-menopausal women, though she is only 25.
Although she has lost her hair from chemotherapy and has multiple scars from surgery, Mayday is still modeling, and stands proud just as she is in a campaign for Forever Yours Lingerie in which she is not wearing a wig or covered up by airbrushing.
“In the lingerie industry, it’s not something you do,” she told ABC News. “It’s all about long hair and big breasts and arched backs. But it’s important to show what real women look like underneath their clothes. Most people have some issue they are dealing with.”
According to The Gloss, Mayday began to get ill in the summer of 2013, but she did not receive the correct diagnosis at first.
“I was told it was a cyst so many times, and I just knew deep down in my heart that there was something else wrong,” she said.
“It was kind of a point of realization, either, ‘Do I stop now, or do I keep on going and be the person that I was raised to be and the person that I know I am?”
Mayday underwent surgery on Monday to remove remaining tumors.
“Please save a thought for me today,” she said on her Facebook page. “It’s pretty scary stuff I’m heading into but I’ll hold my head as high as I can and I will push through. I have three weeks in hospital recovery, so send me letters!”