This summer, Breast Cancer Care’s London fashion show models took part in a very special photo shoot. Here the three QVC models share their experience…
“Going to the Home by Midnight fashion shoot at their Wimbledon photography studio was such a nice experience. I was really nervous on my way there but I felt welcomed from the moment I walked in.
It was such a great taster for what’s to come in October! I had just finished chemotherapy so I wasn’t feeling the most attractive, but it was lovely to be pampered by the fabulous make-up and hair artists. They even gave me eyelashes for the first time in a while! It helped me to feel normal and like me again.
The photographer, Julia Boggio, was great and made me feel at ease and natural – even though posing for a photograph in a studio is not a natural thing to be doing! There was a lot of laughter and I felt fabulous.
Lady Vintage London even gave us the dresses we wore for the shoot to keep – I was so excited I didn’t want to take mine off and wore it home. I felt so ladylike on the train!”
“I had a great day at the photo shoot – it was really good. It was such a hot day but it all went so smoothly and all the team were really professional.”
“I was a grand mixture of nervousness and excitement before the shoot. I’ve not had the courage to do something like this before – I prefer to be behind the camera taking pictures rather than in front!
I’ve always been camera-shy, believing I didn’t photograph well. Also, I’ve struggled against low self-esteem and low self-worth after my breast cancer diagnosis in 2010. It has taken several years to adapt to my new body image and create my new self-identity. The thought of going in front of a camera – even though I was nervous – felt like a symbolic opportunity to step away from those past feelings. I was doing the shoot for a great cause – to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Care – which took the focus off of just looking great for the sake of it. It is important to me to inspire others to feel good about themselves after breast cancer, and I hope that the photographs will have impact!
From the moment I arrived at Julia Boggio’s Home by Midnight studio I was made to feel exceptional. I was introduced to Agata Cieslak, my hair and make-up artist. It felt like a leap of faith placing myself in her hands, but Agatha was so friendly and professional that I relaxed right away…soon we were swapping healthy eating tips whilst she carefully applied my make-up! I loved the look she created, and now personally understand the meaning of the phrase ‘make-up artist’!
The styling team were really spot on with selecting my Lady Vintage London dress and jewellery too. Red is a colour I love to look at, but rarely wear… as it is quite a bold statement colour. I must share that when I slipped into my red Audrey dress I was immediately delighted with it – I felt gorgeous and very feminine! To top it off, all of the models were gifted with the dresses we wore for the shoot, which made the couture portrait experience even more memorable. I now have a great red dress to wear when I want to feel gorgeous.
The buzz in the studio was great! I really enjoying meeting up with the other models again and we were all excited to be taking part in the photoshoot. Julia Boggio is a fun photographer to work with, and in no time had all of us giggling and relaxed whilst she directed the shots. I was very pleased to be photographed with my catwalk model buddy Jo, and I spontaneously gave her a hug whilst we were shooting! I was really touched to see how Julia worked that into the final shot; it was a touching moment.
Modelling on behalf of Breast Cancer Care is without a doubt having a positive impact on me. This was highlighted at the photo-shoot: when I first took a glance at Julia’s photos which made me tearful as it showed me I am photogenic – contrary to my previous-held belief! I was able to see how my journey through breast cancer has brought about beautiful results, which can be seen in my own and other models’ photographs – we all are shining like diamonds.”
To see Clive, Clover and Letitia on the catwalk, along with 21 other inspiring models who have all faced breast cancer, you can join us at the star-studded Breast Cancer Care fashion show on Wednesday 1st October at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The event launches Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
If you’d like to book your tickets, visit breastcancercare.org.uk/theshow or call 0845 0920 806.
All pictures credited to Julia Boggio and her team at Home By Midnight.