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Plus-size lingerie model blazes trail as she battles cancer and poses bald

Elly Mayday is a plus-sized lingerie pin-up girl who continues to model as she battles ovarian cancer.
Elly Mayday is a plus-sized lingerie pin-up girl who continues to model as she battles ovarian cancer.
Forever Yours Lingerie

Elly Mayday is the “Curvy Canadian” who touted measurements of 34-29-44 before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The plus-sized model and pin-up girl made headlines on Tuesday as reported by "Good Morning America", because Mayday continues to model lingerie despite her visible scars, bald head and loss of 40 pounds.

The 25-year-old plus-sized model is a trailblazer, “fighting ovarian cancer and women’s insecurities.” According to ABC News, Elly Mayday is the daughter of a Saskatchewan farmer who became a flight attendant based out of Vancouver before her modeling career took off. However, just as agencies in New York and Los Angeles were ready to sign the blonde bombshell in 2013, Mayday was diagnosed serous carcinoma, a rare type of cancer normally found in post-menopausal women.

On January 20 Elly Mayday posted an inspirational message about her upcoming surgery to her Facebook page, which has nearly 80,000 fans and counting.

Round 3 ...

Surgery time is today 11 am. I am having an operation to remove all visible tumors followed by chemotherapy called HIPEC. Please save a thought for me today, It's pretty scary stuff I'm heading into but I'll hold my head as high as I can and I will push through. I have 3 weeks in hospital recovery, so send me letters!

‘You will never know just how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.’

Elly Mayday, whose story is being filmed, is the first model encountered when you visit Forever Yours Lingerie. Sonya Jenkins, founder of Forever Yours Lingerie, told ABC News Elly began working for the Canadian-based brand with the Valentine’s Day 2013 shoot, and knew Mayday was what they wanted to represent their ideal. Jenkins was emotionally distraught when she learned of the plus-sized model’s cancer diagnosis. But, Elly demanded she continue modeling, a fact that initially bothered Jenkins, although the campaign turned into a sensation.

Mayday wanted to reveal what women really look like underneath their attire. In her first shoot after treatment Elly colored her hair teal green to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. She later shaved off the sides and then went completely bald. She was also photographed with the numerous scars that followed surgery to represent “her completely natural body”, because as Elly Mayday has shown, “most people have some issue they are dealing with.”

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