After a hysterectomy at the age of 25 and months of grueling chemotherapy, plus-sized pin-up model Elly Mayday is changing the way ordinary women view themselves.
She called herself "the curvy Canadian" with measurements of 34-29-44, but since battling a rare form of ovarian cancer, Mayday is 40 pounds thinner but still modeling - bald head, scars and all.
But the tragedy came into her life just as she was ready to be signed with modeling agencies in New York and Los Angeles in 2013: Mayday was diagnosed with cancer.
The model suffers from serious carcinoma, a rare form of cancer that is usually seen in post-menopausal women. This week she is undergoing more surgery to remove one of the last tumors and hot chemotherapy treatment, where organs are bathed in hot poison. Elly has already lost 40 pounds after cancer surgery and treatment.
She narrated it all started in summer,
"I was told it was a cyst so many times, and I just knew deep down in my heart that there was something else wrong," Mayday told the Canadian television network CTV. "It was kind of a point of realization, either, ‘Do I stop now, or do I keep on going and be the person that I was raised to be and the person that I know I am?’"
Thus, she decided to continue modelling. In Elly's opinion, in lingerie industry it is "all about long hair and big breasts and arched backs. But it’s important to show what real women look like underneath their clothes. Most people have some issue they are dealing with."
One fan recently posted a very smart phrase regarding the model's disease:
"The irony of all this, the cancer came to bring you down, instead you just went from awesome to epic and become an even more profound model."
Her story is being documented by a film crew.