Designer Maria Chaverri never intended to express her art as clothing garments, but a group of young women with some serious style issues helped change her mind.
This is not your typical runway. Sure the models are hot and the dresses glamorous, but these young women all have one thing in common: they've all survived cancer.
Chaverri studied to be an artist but was intrigued at the chance to create clothing for these survivors.
"For me, it really has to do with meeting the great women that wear them," designer Chaverri explains.
Women like Molly Ross. Molly found a lump in her breast eight years ago and had a double mastectomy.
"From that moment on, my life and world changed forever in a split second," says cancer survivor Ross.
"Molly is a total powerhouse," says Chaverri. "She just makes things happen and she is a lot of fun."
Molly is the co-founder of SHOUT, an organization for young cancer survivors, but today it's all about Molly, her style, and her dress that Maria is designing just for her.
Maria says clothing after cancer can bring back painful memories and clothes rarely fit.
"She's designed some beautiful dresses that fit our bodies and that just means so much to us survivors," says Molly.
For Maria, it's a perfect fit.
"When I can take the anxiety from getting dressed away and see that and I hear that from them, it is probably the most rewarding thing as a designer," concludes Chaverri.
Molly says many cancer survivors struggle with their body image, but for young women it is even more intense.
Molly's group SHOUT stands for strength, healing, optimism, and understanding together.
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- Lehigh Valley 69 News