Victoria’s Secret is saying “thanks, but no thanks” to the nearly 130,000 supporters who signed a petition asking the company to design a mastectomy bra for breast cancer survivors.
Allana Maiden started the petition on change.org after watching her mother, now 21 years cancer free, struggle to feel beautiful and feminine after having her breasts removed. “It doesn’t help that they don’t have the option of buying the pretty bras they wore before their battle with cancer,” Allan writes. “And specialty stores can be hard to find, forcing them to order bras online that they have to send back because they don’t fit properly.”
But Victoria’s Secret has opted not to put forth effort to create a so-called “survivor line” of bras. “Through our research, we have learned that fitting and selling mastectomy bras … in the right way … a way that is beneficial to women is complicated and truly a science,” says the lingerie company in a statement. “As a result, we believe that the best way for us to make an impact for our customers is to continue funding cancer research.”
Maiden tells ABC News, “I was disappointed, obviously. … I felt that if anyone could do it, they could. They have everything in place.”