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This Beauty Queen Has Something Important to Say About Boobies!

Allyn Rose’s self-deprecating humor can’t hide her beauty nor her passion for life. After losing her mother at 16 to breast cancer, this articulate, intelligent young woman went on to win the Miss District of Columbia in 2011 and compete in the 2013 Miss America pageant. Impressive accomplishments, indeed. But Rose would tell you it is her work on behalf of breast cancer awareness that is her crowning accomplishment.

In 2012, Rose underwent a preventative double mastectomy. Brave for someone who makes money from her looks? Absolutely. Still, in her TED talk, she urges all of us to rethink our long-held assumptions about the role of breasts to women, their partners, and the world at large.

Watch her inspiring story!

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Lydia Lee lives in Seattle with two sweet, if slightly out of control, dogs. She loves reading, food, and the opportunity to make a difference.