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Friday
Feb012013

Victoria's Secret in Talks with Mom, Daughter on 'Survivor Bra'

Change.org(NEW YORK) -- Allana Maiden, a 27-year-old from Virginia whose mother is a breast cancer survivor, discovered the power of people who care on Thursday when she and her mother were given an audience with the giant fashion chain Victoria's Secret.

She and her mother, Debbie Barrett, 57, hand-delivered more than 118,000 Change.org petition signatures to the company's office in New York City, asking them to create a line of "survivor" bras to help women who have had mastectomies and wear prostheses to feel beautiful again.

They met with Tammy Roberts Myers, vice president of external communications for Limited Brands, the parent company of Victoria's Secret, who offered to fly the pair to the Columbus, Ohio, headquarters for more discussions and a tour of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, a recipient of donations from Victoria's Secret.

"We were just blown away," Maiden told ABC News after the visit.  "They actually want to send us out there and are taking this seriously.  I didn't know what to expect meeting someone so high in the company.  I thought it would just be a pat on the back -- 'Good job, we can't do it.'  It was amazing.  I do think that [Victoria's Secret] is interested in figuring out how to do this."

Maiden and Barrett carried the petition signatures to the meeting in Victoria's Secret's pink-striped shopping bags.

Limited Brands has acknowledged the importance of supporting women who have breast cancer, but did not commit to making a new line of bras.

"We celebrate those who champion the fight against breast cancer," the company said in a prepared statement for ABC News.  "Victoria's Secret and ... Limited Brands, have been dedicated to helping eradicate this disease and have committed tens of millions of dollars to cancer research.

"Ultimately, we are working towards celebrating the day when breast cancer is a thing of the past," it said.  "In the meantime, we are listening and learning to understand if there are additional ways for our company to continue to extend its support."

Maiden said she is "amazed" that her petition got this far.

"The support we got is awesome," she said.  "I knew that there were a lot of people out there who do care deeply about the issue of breast cancer.  I wasn't sure how many would get behind something like this.  People go on walks and buy pink ribbons, but I didn't know if they would respond to this."

On Friday, the department store Nordstrom also responded to Maiden's petition, offering to cover the cost of customizing a few bras for Barrett.

"We actually offer a service where we can convert any of our bras or camisoles in-store into mastectomy bras through our prosthesis program," Nordstrom spokesperson Kelly Skahan wrote in an email to ABC News, looking for contact information for the mother and daughter.

"We can do it right in-store and it makes it so customers can still enjoy the lingerie they've always loved even after a mastectomy," Skahan wrote.  "We'd love to talk to Debbie and Allana and invite them into our store in Richmond so Debbie can have an appointment with one of our bra fitters."

Maiden doesn't remember too much about her mother's breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent mastectomy.  She was only 6 years old at the time.  But ever since, Maiden has watched her mother struggle to feel beautiful -- and to find a bra that fits.

Her mother wears a prosthetic because at the time of her mastectomy, insurance did not cover breast reconstruction. And, because she lives in a rural part of Virginia, she has to drive 1.5 hours to find a store that sells bras that hold prosthetic breasts.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jan182013

Daughter to Victoria's Secret: Make 'Survivor Bra' for My Mom

Allana Maiden(NEW YORK) -- Allana Maiden of Richmond, Va., doesn't remember too much about her mother's breast cancer diagnosis -- and subsequent mastectomy -- as she was only 6 years old at the time.  But ever since, Maiden has watched her mother struggle to feel beautiful -- and to find a bra that fits.

"I do remember that she never got depressed about it and was always the same woman to me," Maiden, who is now 27 and married, told ABC News.

Her mother, Debbie Barrett, 57, wears a prosthetic because at the time of her mastectomy, insurance did not cover breast reconstruction.  And, because she lives in a rural part of Virginia, she has to drive 1.5 hours to find a store that sells bras that hold prosthetic breasts.

"It's a huge ordeal," Maiden, said of her mother's search for the right bra.  

And while the mastectomy bras that her mother buys may come cheap, they are unattractive.  Prettier bras by designer boutiques are more expensive.

This week, Maiden filed a petition on change.org, asking lingerie giant Victoria's Secret to add a "survivor line" of mastectomy bras for women like her mother.  So far, it has more than 90,000 signatures.

"I know this is a minor inconvenience compared to the other things my mom's been through, and she never complains, but it is not fair," said Maiden in her petition.  "A strong woman like her should be able to feel as beautiful as she is.  She should be able to go to a store in her local mall with everyone else and buy a beautiful bra like everyone else."

According to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women.  It estimated that more than 1.6 million new cases occurred among women worldwide in 2010.

The bras that Barrett wears have little pockets to hold the prostheses.  They are available online, but it's hard to get a good fit without being measured in person, say both mother and daughter.

Maiden, who works at a local animal shelter, said she chose to petition Victoria's Secret because it has participated in breast cancer awareness campaigns in the past -- Victoria Secret's 2012 "Think Pink" campaign donated more than $1.1 million to cancer groups, according to the company's website.

And Maiden added that she'd also had positive experiences as a Victoria's Secret customer.

"Victoria's Secret is supposed to make women feel beautiful, and the women that deserve that feeling the most are excluded," Maiden wrote in her petition.

A spokesman for the company had no official statement about the petition, but ABC News put Maiden in touch with Tammy Roberts Myers, vice president of external communications for Limited Brands, which owns Victoria's Secret.

"She seemed genuinely interested in my idea," said Maiden.  "She said she would get back to me when she learned anything new. ... I told her about my positive experiences being fitted there, and that I want survivors to have that same experience."

"She asked me about the design of mastectomy bras, how the pocket works to hold the prostheses," Maiden said.  "She said she was going to share my idea with the right people internally."

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Dec052012

Victoria’s Secret Models Share Secrets Behind Their Toned Bodies

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The much-anticipated Victoria’s Secret fashion show aired Tuesday night, and it featured heavenly bodies modeling sexy lingerie paired with the show’s signature fantasy wings.

The models, known as Victoria’s Secret Angels, were ultra-toned and ready for the runway -- even Lily Aldridge, who gave birth to her daughter, Dixie, in June.

So just how did Aldridge get back into top shape so quickly?  The answer is ballet.

Mary Helen Bowers, a former dancer with the New York City Ballet, trained Aldridge using her low-impact, ballet-based fitness regimen called Ballet Beautiful.

“For getting her back on the runway post-baby, we focused on the areas you really want to tighten up, especially after having a baby, her waist and abs, and all through the legs and the butt and of course her upper body as well,” Bowers said of Aldridge’s training.

Bowers also spent a year training actress Natalie Portman to prepare her for her role in the film Black Swan.

Bowers says the average client does just three hours of her fitness plan each week and often feels a difference in just two weeks.

But some Victoria’s Secret Angels have embraced other fitness regimens.  Some do strict calorie-counting, while others get more creative.

The fashion show was actually shot in November.  In the days and months leading up to event, the models worked hard to get their famous physiques into even better shape.

  • Adriana Lima, 31, gave birth to her second child in September.  She boxed for one-and-a-half hours per day in preparation for the show.
  • Erin Heatherton, 23, spent two hours a day working out -- hitting the treadmill, running outside and doing yoga.
  • Joan Smalls boasted of an 800-calorie burn the day before the fashion show.
  • Doutzen Kroes tweeted a breakfast recipe of Flaxseed and Acai.
  • Candice Swanepoel shared a photo of bruised knuckles following her pre-show boxing workout.
  • In addition to eating healthy, Miranda Kerr’s regimen included strength training with weights and Pilates.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug252011

Can Coconut Oil Yield Supermodel Figure?

Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- Victoria's Secret supermodel -- and recent mother Miranda Kerr -- revealed her most prized beauty secret last month: coconut oil.

Kerr, who gave birth to a son she had with Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom in January, told readers of Australian Cosmopolitan that coconut oil was the key to her clear skin, shiny hair and trim figure, saying she takes four tablespoons per day, either on salads, in her cooking or in her cups of green tea.

But can coconut oil really give you a supermodel body?

"I don't think so," said Keith Ayoob, director of the nutrition clinic at the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "I can't say I'd want people consuming lots of coconut oil. You should use it sparingly."

Ayoob said coconut oil is simply a saturated fat, with a high calorie count and few vitamins and minerals.

"You want to cut back on saturated fats in your diet," Ayoob said. "I don't know what benefit it would have for weight management because it has just as many calories as any other fat."

One tablespoon of coconut oil contains 117 calories, according to the Mayo Clinic. Kerr's daily dose of four tablespoons would mean she was consuming 468 calories, in addition to the calories from the rest of her diet. "And she's getting 2½ times the amount of saturated fat I would recommend for a person consuming 2,000 calories per day," Ayoob said.

So what options do dieters have without Kerr's remedy? "As a 150-calorie treat, I'd rather go for an ounce of dark chocolate," Ayoob said. "It probably has more nutritional benefit than coconut oil. And it's certainly going to be more satisfying."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Apr012011

Super-Skinny Victoria's Secret Model: 'I’m Healthy, Happy'

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- In response to criticism that she looked alarmingly thin at a recent photo shoot, Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel says she is not unhealthy.

"I am healthy and happy," Swanepoel told the New York Daily News through her representative. "I'm heartened to know how much everyone cares about me, but in this case everything is normal and good."

Swanepoel, a 22-year-old South African, revealed her skinny frame while modeling the lingerie line's new swimwear at Los Angeles' Mondrian Hotel. With stick thin legs and a hollowed stomach, the once-curvy model stood out among her fellow Victoria's Secret angels.

Swanepoel looked significantly skinnier than in photos just two months ago, when she was the face of the company's Valentine's Day campaign.

In November, during New York fashion week, Swanepoel told ABC News that she was having trouble keeping weight on.

"This year my problem has been more putting the weight on and getting muscle on because it's been really busy," she said. "I've been traveling around like crazy. I get skinnier if I'm very busy. I've been eating steak and everything, so I'm actually looking forward to eating some lighter food after this."

Last year, during a pre-Valentine's Day event, Swanepoel said food was the way to her heart.

"Usually, my boyfriend cooks for me, which I really love," Swanepoel said, adding that pasta always wins points in her book. "It's really sexy."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Mar312011

Victoria's Secret Model: Alarmingly Thin?

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel has made headlines after appearing alarmingly thin during a recent photo shoot.

The entertainment website Hollywood Life called her "scarily, skeletally, stick-thin," adding, "That's not how the human body is meant to look."

Swanepoel revealed her skinny frame while modeling the lingerie line's new swimwear at Los Angeles' Mondrian Hotel. With stick-thin legs and a hollowed stomach, the once-curvy model stood out among her fellow Victoria's Secret angels. The 22-year-old South African looked significantly skinnier than she did in photos just two months ago, when she was the face of the company's Valentine's Day campaign.

In November, during New York's fashion week, Swanepoel told ABC News that she was having trouble keeping weight on.

"This year my problem has been more putting the weight on and getting muscle on because it's been really busy," she said. "I've been traveling around like crazy. I get skinnier if I'm very busy. I've been eating steak and everything, so I'm actually looking forward to eating some lighter food after this."

Last year, during a pre-Valentine's Day event, Swanepoel said food was the way to her heart.

"Usually my boyfriend cooks for me, which I really love," Swanepoel said, adding that pasta always wins points in her book. "It's really sexy."

Swanepoel also reflects what appears to be a shift by the fashion line away from its traditionally curvy models, like Tyra Banks, Claudia Schiffer, Gisele Bundchen and Heidi Klum, toward super-slim girls like Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio.

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