This is a major moment for breast cancer survivors everywhere.

By Faith Brar

Breast cancer survivors recently walked the runway of New York Fashion Week to help raise awareness for a disease that takes the lives of more than 40,000 women every year in the U.S. alone.

Women with breast cancer at various stages stepped into the spotlight wearing lingerie designed specifically for them at the annual AnaOno Lingerie x #Cancerland show. (Related: NYFW Has Become a Home for Body Positivity and Inclusion, and We Couldn't Be Prouder)

Photo: Arun Nevader / Getty Images for Art Hearts

"It's such an amazing thing to have these individuals walking the runway at NYFW, and not in just any lingerie, but made specifically for their unique bodies," said Beth Fairchild, cochair of #Cancerland, a nonprofit media platform focused on changing the conversation about breast cancer, in a press release. "What an empowering thing to walk that runway and own what you have!"

AnaOno debuted their new Flat & Fabulous bra during the event, designed specifically for women who decided to opt out of breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. (Related: Why More Women Are Having Mastectomies)

Photo: Arun Nevader / Getty Images for Art Hearts Fashion

"We want to show that whether you have been diagnosed with breast cancer or have a genetic marker, have breasts or have none, have visible scarring or even tattoos in place of nipples, it doesn't matter," Dana Donofree, an AnaOno designer and breast cancer survivor, said in the press release. "You are still empowered, strong, and sexy!"

One hundred percent of ticket sales from the event went to #Cancerland, whose donates half of their overall fundraising to breast cancer research.

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