The Pink Ribbon Project

When I was 17, I had a benign tumor removed from my left breast. It’s not really something I talk about. And it feels kind of weird writing about it now. But it was then I realized the importance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The key word there being awareness. A few weeks ago I was listening to an author on NPR who was explaining how breasts are the most absorbant organ in the female body. Because of this and until we can find a cure for breast cancer, we’ve got to be aware and keep things in check. It’s part of the reason why I’m so obsessed with organic products.

So why am I telling you all of this? Because this year, I was asked to be a part of the second annual Pink Ribbon Project. I, along with nine other Miamians (from Bravo’s Miami Housewives and business owners, to on-air TV and radio personalities, even fellow fashion bloggers), gathered at photographer Laura Coppelman‘s studio in Wynwood a few weeks back and let artist David “Lebo” Le Batard pant the names of breast cancer survivors and victims on our bodies for a photo exhibit that will be open to the public on October 4.

Each of us was asked to pick a body part that we wanted painted. I went with my back, where Lebo painted a lotus flower, as an homage to my love of yoga, and the names Carolyn and Mary. Coppelman erected a set using 750 yards of pink ribbon and photographed us among them, with fans blowing and bulbs flashing. The end result, however, is as much a surprise to me as it will be to anyone who attends the event. I hope you will come and share this experience with me. Tickets will be $20 at the door at Cafeina in Wynood, with all proceeds benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate. Any pictures sold that evening will also benefit the organization. A good cause and a great night out. Hope to see you there.

Save the date for October 4, 7 to 9 p.m. at Cafeina in Wynwood. Full deets here.

Big ups to sponsors Sandy Lee Artistry (who does a mean cat eye), Rex Fabrics, MRKT, Aperture Studios Miami and SpinHouse PR for making this event happen.

{Lebo showing off his work on me, the human canvas.}

{Can’t wait to see photographer Laura Coppelman’s magic on October 4.}