Jasmine Jones was Miss DC USA in 2016, and now she, with the help of local breast care surgeon Dr. Regina Hampton, has found a way to make other people, particularly breast cancer survivors who have undergone a mastectomy, feel like beauty queens too.
Jones and Hampton will be opening the Cherry Blossom Boutique in Prince George’s County, Maryland, on October 28, 2018. She’s dedicating the one-stop post-mastectomy shop to her late grandmother who died of breast cancer. Years before she succumbed to the disease, however, she underwent a double mastectomy and spent years searching for the right prostheses and undergarments.
“She never found a bra that fit,” recalls Jones. “She never found prosthetics that matched her skin tone, her chest wall. Eventually, she just stopped wearing prosthetics all together, and she passed away never having that perfect fit experience.”
In an attempt to keep other women from suffering what her grandmother felt when she couldn’t find the right products, the beauty queen hatched the idea for her boutique, where women of all shapes, sizes, and colors can find the garments they need to make them feel comfortable, whole, and beautiful. The shop will offer breast prostheses and custom nipples in a variety of styles and colors, as well as undergarments to fit women from size sizes 28AA to 54Q.
But the boutique offers more than just quality products; it’s also an experience. Mastectomy patients often have to go to medical supply stores for their mastectomy garments, and there’s no doubt that the clinical atmosphere of that type of shop can be uncomfortable for many patients. Walking down an aisle filled with “Bengay and walkers and crutches,” as Jones describes it, is far from luxurious. This boutique, on the other hand, aims to treat mastectomy patients to a more glamorous experience.
“We want every woman to walk out feeling beautiful, confident, sexy again,” says Jones. “In our mind, it’s the place where you can find a post-mastectomy bra and then buy a really sexy pair of panties.”
The 2100-square-foot space will host a bright pink “living wall,” oversized fitting rooms, fresh colors, and other sophisticated and glamorous touches that make visitors feel pampered and special.
There are no appointments needed, so you can stop by anytime after October the 28th for your personalized fitting. Until then, get a sneak peek of the shop and learn more about Jones’s dream to help breast cancer survivors in the video below.
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?