SINGAPORE - She'll be strutting down the catwalk in the middle of a busy Orchard Road mall come Oct 12.
But Madam Rosalind Koh is not a professional model, and this runway walk will be a big personal milestone. She is a breast cancer survivor.
The event, which will take place on Oct 12 is organised by local support group Breast Reconstruction Awareness Singapore, which aims to encourage women to consider breast reconstruction after going mastectomy. Breast cancer survivor Rosalind Koh is one of 15 (checked) breast cancer survivors will strut their stuff on the catwalk at a fashion show on Oct 12.
And the message she is hoping to send? That you can look good, be confident about your body and live life to the fullest, despite having had the disease.
The fashion show, which will take place at Paragon, is local support group Breast Reconstruction Awareness Singapore's debut event.
The group aims to provide information and support to breast cancer patients and to encourage more women to consider breast reconstruction, says its president, Dr Evan Woo, a consultant plastic surgeon at KK Women's and Children's Hospital.
Every year, more than 1,500 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, making it the most common cancer among Singaporean women.
Breast cancer patients often have to undergo mastectomies, which refers to the surgical removal of one or both breasts.
Actress Angelina Jolie made headlines this year when she announced that she had removed both breasts and had reconstructive surgery to avoid developing breast cancer.
Madam Koh, a manager at a local skincare product distributor, 40, was diagnosed with early stage two breast cancer in 1999 and says the mastectomy was unavoidable.