Fighting Ovarian cancer since June of 2013, Elly Mayday is a testament to the strength that comes out of perseverance. Inspired by many, the model’s battle is as strong as her convictions—cancer is not going to run her life; she is calling the shots.
Do not quit. Elly’s words ring out with clarity. A passion to be in front of the lens and show the world that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, the pin-up model
has always campaigned for change in the fashion industry. It was in learning how to be confident that Elly Mayday was able to rise above her own limitations—whether it was being labelled as “plus size”, a word she feels does not hold true to all women, or figuring out where to start without the backing of a strong portfolio. “If you think you can and are determined to work for it, you will be successful.” The success of carving out her own path played a significant role in Elly’s career and her overall attitude in achieving her dreams.
Photo credit: Alexis Kelly Photography and Beauty by Kemistry604
When she had been diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian cancer, Elly did as her words warranted—she did not quit. Taking on a growing Facebook fan base, she took to posting along the highs and lows of her ordeal. She dyed her hair teal as a symbol of resilience and support, bringing awareness to her fight, while the ongoing support from her fans, along with her friends and family has carried her strength.
The balance of health and career has not been easy, yet she lends her positive attitude to the small things: uplifting music, singing and people that remain just as positive throughout her battle.
As Elly puts it, “we are a product of those around us.” Throughout her battle, EllyMayday has carried her head up and bared her scars with photographs that have been met with unwavering support from her fans. Elly continues to model, not being able to take away the feeling of being beautiful all while going through a not-so-beautiful time. And time as she has noted on her fan page, has been the biggest gift she has received. “Life is a gift, one we must treasure by treating ourselves and others well.”
Living happily, continuing her dream and sharing her story to inspire other people to live with an even greater happiness, are all part of Elly’s continued success. Her Facebook sign off of “love and light” are qualities thatradiate from a young woman who has defied the odds. Witha fighting spirit, Elly Mayday shines. So, lookout world because here comes the sun.
What Elly Mayday Loves:
Elly gives us a peek inside her boudoir with her favourite lingerie from the Ti Voglio (Italian for “I want you”) collection, exclusively at Penningtons. Wow your amore with these pretty little underpinnings!
DARK ROMANCE “Sexy, yet subtle.You can’t go wrongwith satin and sheer paired together.” Gisella bra, $50 and panty, $18
LACE LOVE “This bra has great, full and comfortable coverage, while still being sultry with the lace detailing.” Daniela bra with lace overlay, $50
SWEET & SULTRY “Great for everyday wear. This bra is fun and flirty wrapped into one.” Emilia bra, $50
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