Meet our Breast Cancer Care model Tracey Krieger

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Tracey Krieger This year's Breast Cancer Care London fashion show is fast approaching and we're very excited! The show takes place on Wednesday 5th October at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.

Tickets are on sale now for the afternoon and evening events, with early bird prices until 1st July, so take a look at how you can attend the show.

Ahead of the big event, we caught up with Tracey Krieger who has been affected by breast cancer and modelled in last year's show…

How did you first get involved with Breast Cancer Care?

It all began when I was watching the Lorraine Kelly Show and saw a feature on the Breast Cancer Care fashion show, featuring a group of truly inspiring people.

I immediately looked up the Breast Cancer Care website, where I found a wealth of information on breast cancer, and was able to chat in forums with other people who had been or were going through the same thing as me, which was invaluable. 

I applied to be a model for the show for the first time in 2009 but was unsuccessful. Undeterred, I reapplied in 2010 and was pleased to make it into the show!

Tracey at last year's show Tell us about your personal experience of cancer

Well, my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in the late sixties/early seventies and unfortunately lost her fight when I was just 12, so breast cancer has been in my life from an early age. 

I discovered my first lump in 1987 when I was pregnant with my second son, and after that had recurrent 'nothing' lumps, all of which were removed.

In July 2007 I had yet another 'nothing' lump which was also removed, but when I went for the results I was told that there was a tiny adhesion to the lump, which was cancerous. There began my own association with the 'C' word. The following week I had a partial mastectomy, followed by radiotherapy sessions, and so my journey began. 

What was it like being a model at last year's show?

Whilst I was nervous, the whole experience was amazing. We had our hair done by the team from Sassoon Salons and make-up by the lovely girls at Estee Lauder, so we were truly pampered!

When we took to the stage, the guests were all cheering and we were escorted on by gorgeous male models in the finale! By this time there wasn't a dry eye in the house, including the models. We were all totally exhilarated and couldn't wait for the next show!

How were your outfits chosen for the show?

Well, at the fitting day, our clothes had all been sorted onto rails for each of us. I tried on my outfits and whilst not everything was what I would have chosen, I had to remember that it was a whole show look and that the clothes had all been chosen to be put together.

I really wasn’t sure about the green dress I wore (my school uniform was green), but Lesley Goring and her style team assured me it was fab!

Tracey at last year's show What was your best moment from last year's show?

It's hard to pick my best moment, but meeting my fellow models (we now call ourselves the Superheroes!), being pampered and treated like royalty and meeting Rod and Penny Stewart were all amazing.

However, the best moment for me was in the finale in both the afternoon and evening shows, just standing on the catwalk to rapturous applause and a standing ovation from the 1000 guests had to be one of the most special moments in my life.

 

What are you up to this year? 

So far this year I have been quite busy! I sold tombola tickets at the Breast Cancer Care carol concert in Knightsbridge last December, took part as a model in a photo shoot for the new Breast Cancer Care literature and also helped as a volunteer at a May Day fair in Southgate.

I also recently took part in the Pink Ribbonwalk at Blenheim Palace with four friends and raised money through sponsorship.

Will you be involved in this year's Breast Cancer Care show? 

I spoke to the models for this year's show to tell them what to expect on the day and will be volunteering at the model fitting day in September too. 

Whilst I would like nothing more than to do it all over again, being a model is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so this year I am volunteering on the day and can't wait to be a part of it all over again, this time as an onlooker.

By the way, the green dress… I bought it and love it and get comments each time I wear it!

 

Take a look at the Breast Cancer Care website

2 Comments

  1. Irene Quine June 10, 2011 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    Dear Tracey,
    What an inspirational story – I have known you for 8 years now, and although I know you well, did not know “your” story until I read this – to lose your mother at 12 and then go through everything you have – but to the outside world nobody would have known – you are really quite unique. I have seen some of these photos before – you did look stunning Tracey – I do really love that little green dress! I measure peoples drive and enthusiasm for life by you Tracey – as you are very motivational – you are a “one off” and great to know. How proud your mother would be of you. Irene, Ian, Luke and Duncan xxxx

  2. Heather McMillan June 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

    I woould Love to see Lovely Alison Keenan model this year , she is so missed by us all it would be super to see her Model all those Gorgeous Clothes and she deserves a fuss making of her too x

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