Eva Ekvall is 28-years-old, a Miss Universe finalist, TV news anchor and now a very vocal advocate for breast cancer awareness
, according to Fox News.
The Venezuelan former beauty queen was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer in February of 2010 and has since kept a photo journal of her life through chemotherapy, cancer recovery, and life with her family post-cancer diagnosis.
"There's a huge taboo around breast cancer. But in this country, people get their boobs done every day, so I don't understand how breast cancer can be a problem when everybody's showing their breasts. The pictures were very shocking because nobody had ever seen me that way. Nobody had seen me bald, without makeup. So I knew they would be shocking," Ekvall told the news source.
Ekvall's photo diary, an idea suggested to her by photographer Roberto Mata, is said to have inspired many South American women to have breast exams.
The National Cancer Institute recommends that women undergo regular breast exams, once every one to two years, especially for women over 50.