A 24-year-old woman in Belfast became a model for designer Kurt Geiger and retailer Primer after losing her legs due to a rare cancer.
Bernadette Hagans in West BelfastHe was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma in August 2018.
On the day of the diagnosis, Bernadette’s doctors told her that they would have to amputate most of her right leg to prevent the cancer from spreading.
Soon after the amputation, Bernadette contacted model agency Zebedee Management and quickly signed a contract with retail giant Primark.
Talk about Sunday mirror, Bernadette said that she “was not scared” before the amputation and now it feels as if she is finally “finding a voice.”
The brave 24-year-old said: “Last year, I was more like myself than ever before. I was shy before.
“Now, I feel more confident with two legs than before.”
Since the start of amputation and modeling career, Bernadette has established a partnership with luxury footwear and accessories brand Kurt Geiger as part of its People Empowered Campaign.
Bernadette was also appointed as an ambassador for CLIC Sargent, a leading children’s cancer charity, and supported important fundraising efforts by the Children’s Cancer Foundation and the Voom Foundation.
The Belfast woman said: “I dropped my leg, but I found a voice. I know people think it’s unusual for me not to feel scared, but I don’t. I feel very calm. I have always been a clown.
Bernadette now has 73,000 followers on the social media platform TikTok, where she shares videos about amputations.
All proceeds from the videos recorded by Bernadette (about 1 million likes have been received) are donated to CLIC Sargent.
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