Monokini Swimsuits Empower Breast Cancer Survivors

Many women rue the day they have to don a bikini swimsuit, but the struggle with self image can be more acute in breast cancer survivors. Women who have a single mastectomy no longer fit into typical bathing suits because they only have one breast. Soon, such women won't have to search to find a bikini that fits their bodies. A group of Finnish fashion designers have teamed up to create Monokini 2.0, which is a social art project exploring society's definition of beauty.

The designers for Monokini 2.0 have created a series of bathing suits that only cover one breast. All the suits are more avant garde than your typical bikini, employing cutouts that reveal a bare chest or surgical scar. Monokini 2.0 used models who are all breast cancer survivors in order to show off the new designs

"I do not want to hide, I do not want to stop swimming, I do not want to undergo extensive plastic surgery operations and I do not want to be forced to use the uncomfortable prosthesis on the beach," Elina Haltunnen, the survivor who inspired the project, told the Daily Mail Online. "I want to feel as free and active as I did before my cancer, and Monokini 2.0 gives me a chance to do exactly that."

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