Angelina Jolie Opens up about her Double Mastectomy

Angelina Jolie reveals she underwent a double mastectomy as a preventive measure against breast cancer. 

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Jolie reveals she had the surgery after discovering she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer. Angelina made the announcement in the form of a op-ed she authored for the New York Times called “My Medical Choice.”  In there she disclosed why she made the decision and details about when she started the procedure.

“My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56,” Jolie writes. “She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was.” “They have asked if the same could happen to me.”

Jolie said that after genetic testing, she learned she carried the BRCA1 gene and had an 87 percent chance of getting the disease.  She also wanted to keep the process private, and the reason she wrote about it was to help other women.

“I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made,” Jolie writes. “My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”

She continues with details of the procedure. “My own process began on Feb. 2 with a procedure known as a ‘nipple delay,” she writes, “which rules out disease in the breast ducts behind the nipple and draws extra blood flow to the area.” Two weeks later where her breast tissue was removed, she said it felt “like a scene out of a science-fiction film,” then writes that nine weeks later she had a third surgery to reconstruct the breasts and receive implants.”

She then writes about how the surgery has affected her. “I do not feel any less of a woman.” “I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

We praise you Angelina. You will always be our kick-ass hero!

LA STYLE Fashion Week 2012

LA Style fashion week was held at the Vibiana, in downtown Los Angeles from October 15 through out the 19th. This 5 day event provides both, fashion designers, and emerging fashion designers the opportunity to showcase their creations to the world. My talented photographer and I headed out there to get photos, and possible interviews with designers and models, and this is what we got.

A sneak peak of the set up before the guests arrive

The scene once the guests arrived

This event can definitely get overwhelming; there’s so much to take in all at once! My photographer, Elizabeth Woods, and I headed out to Vibiana around 7 pm and were stunned to see so many interesting people under one roof. Not only was the hall full of beautiful people from Los Angeles, it had people from all over the country. The event was full of Designers, Models and Press.  We scoped out the venue and took amazing shots of both the runway and the alluring enviorment surrounding us. The designers of the night were Louis Verdad and Dar Sara.  I was lucky enough to get a very brief interview in with Dar Sara. Originally from the Phillipines but also spending many years in Dubai, this designer is taking the world by storm by displaying his life story through his designs.

What inspires you to create?

What inspires me is Hollywood. The Stars inspire me; the glitz, the glamour and everything Hollywood.

Watching your show reminded me of a theatrical show; it had a dramatic powerful beginning and  it ended on calming, light note; such as a movie with a happy ending.  Why did you choose to display your work the way you did?

I chose to display my designs the way I did because it’s the story of my life. The struggles I first faced in the beginning and how I over came those struggles. I like to make sure that comes across in my work because it is who I am.

One last question before I let you go. Where is your line available?

It is available in the US and all over the world. You can check it out online www.Darsara.com.

It was an amazing show and I highly recommend everyone to check out the Designers. Louis Verdad was simple, classy and sexy while Dar Sara displayed fantasy, unrestrained innovative opulence. Both designers showcased impeccable artistry and creative genius.

A quick photo with Designer Dar Sara

LA Style Fashion Week – DAY 2

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Another day in the world of fashion here in downtown, Los Angeles. We headed out to Vibiana to check out the Madison Park Collective runway show. The day started off with collections by Paul Gibson and Jane Booke. The evening ended with ‘Local Social’ and ‘Madison Park.’ My talented photographer Elizabeth and I arrived just in time for the Madison Park collective.

It was a scene out of a magazine. The event-hall was decked out as always, and it flashed the designers logo on the screen. The lighting felt perfect and the ambiance was set for a night to remember. That being said, let me tell you about the [eye candy] that was in store for us. It’s a Fashion show, so of course there are going to be beautiful men everywhere — this was better than I could ever have expected.

  The show started with the guys walking out wearing classic attire; signature Madison Park. Before you know it- the guys started dancing a little number to Michael Jackson’s “Beat it.” (That’s when everyone’s cameras came up.) This has got to be one of my top favorite shows so far this week.  The show was a success and the clothes were very tasteful. However, the real peak of the show was the flash-dance ending.

Photography by: Elizabeth Woods

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