Where I went today: The SCAR Project – the Australian Exhibition


Still, through all of this there is Beauty.



These are the things that cannot be taken away.

-David Jay



Man oh man.

Go and see this.

A room full of photos shot by fashion photographer David Jay, shining the spotlight on young women affected by breastcancer.

Every single one of these women are fighters.

Every single one of these women look triumphant and proud. And looking at these photos is both heart wrenching and inspiring at the same time.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This exhibition is a beautiful prelude to the busy month when we are all inundated with pink ribbons.

Sometimes breast cancer is not pretty and pink. These pictures are raw and had both my friend and I sobbing in each others arms today.

I was meant to go today. The photographer made a quick visit whilst we were there, and I was honoured to have a chat with him and have my photo taken with him like a star struck groupie.

I am a breast cancer thriver. I was only 39 when diagnosed. So this exhibition hit hard, right in the guts. But it also made me proud of women, my fellow warriors. We are connected with our scars.

I took some photos today, with the blessing of the NBCF attendants there, and I hope it encourages you to go. Because you need to stand there, and look at these photos close up. The scars seem to fade, and you are drawn into their eyes, and their faces and their surroundings.


The exhibition runs until 21 September 2014 in Sydney, on the Seventh Floor at David Jones.




Music is Turning pages by Sleeping at last, a cover by the glorious Grace Pitts. Do yourself  a favour and check out her Facebook Page or her YouTube Channel.

If you want to read more about my personal breast cancer story, just click HERE




Til next time,

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About Fashionista in Suburbia

Dutch Born, Fashionista in Suburbia lives at the Southern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. A Mum. A Wife. A Lover of all things sparkly, shiny and leopard print. A Shoe, Lipstick and Sunglasses Addict. A Typical Libra. A Breast Cancer Thriver.

2 thoughts on “Where I went today: The SCAR Project – the Australian Exhibition

  1. I so wish I could have seen this, what a privelege. Breast cancer gets branded by the media as the ‘pretty’ cancer-yes an adelaide journalist actually used those words. People like to throw around terms like ‘sea of pink’ or ‘pink fatigue’ but I am covered in scars, am missing parts of my body and live daily with pain. Breast cancer is ugly, treatment is ugly BUT here’s the thing about cancer…the experience is life altering. Perspective changes, I live harder, love deeper and have a kinder heart. I see beauty where once I might not have because I was too busy in the chaos of life. All these women are beautiful, because true beauty is what’s on the inside. Barbe you are a rockstar, a breast sista and you inspire me. You give me hope daily x

    1. it would be so nice if Pink was just a pretty colour again. Jen, breast cancer is NOT the “glamorous” cancer. It is heartbreaking, gut wrenching and totally life altering. These women are amazing. To have the courage to be photographed like that, to flip the bird at the world if they chose not to have a reconstruction, I don’t think I could go there. I know you have the courage!! I agree, when I do my speeches for the NBCF, I always go into how it has changed my and my families life. How much I value “time” and I try to fit in 28 hours worth of living in 24 hours (and succeed!), and how much my children not take anything for granted and are emphatic, and caring people. There is good side to cancer, but I wouldn’t want to wish it on anyone!
      No, you are the rockstar, and I will high five you in person one of these days!! xo
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