Rihanna's New Savage X Fenty Line Features Black Models Who Survived Breast Cancer
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Rihanna's Savage X Fenty lingerie company launched a new capsule collection featuring Black models who survived breast cancer.
The collection features sporty bras, panties and hooded onesies that range in price from $7.48 to $32.48.
The "Survivors & Thrivers" featured in the campaign — Cayatanita Leiva, Ericka Hart and Nykia McKenzie — all experienced "unfair disparities" on their cancer journey. In addition to featuring Black breast cancer survivors, Fenty wants to raise awareness about the discrimination Black people face in the health care system.
Early diagnosis for breast cancer is key but Black women are less likely to be diagnosed early — model Nykia McKenzie told CNN she was misdiagnosed twice before getting treatment
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Black people, and it occurs slightly less often among Black women than white women
Compared to white women, the death rate for Black women with breast cancer is 41% higher according to CDC data collected between 2010–2014
I know now that Black women will be heard in regards to our health and our healing. I hope these images convey to you all that there's work to do and that starts with listening to young women who look like me.
Savage X Fenty will donate up to $250,000 of the proceeds from its breast cancer awareness collection to Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation to fund research and support for Black breast cancer survivors.