The story behind our beautiful Hope Eternal products
This year, Amoena is celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness month in a new way. We’re thrilled to introduce our limited-time-only Hope Eternal Contact Comfort+ lightweight breast form to women everywhere. You should be seeing it in your local retail stores now.
The special edition adhesive form features artwork integrated into the back layer and designed by Annette Girke, a sculptor, 2-time breast cancer survivor and Amoena lingerie model. In case you didn’t read her biography in the last issue of Amoena Link magazine, we wanted to share a bit about her here, and explain her inspiration for the art she did for us.
Born into an artistic family, Annette originally thought she would pursue fashion design. But her education took her down the paths of textile engineering and marketing, instead.
After her marriage and a move to a new city, Annette attended a sculpture class for fun — and discovered a real talent. Before long, friends were asking to buy her work. She opened a studio and now, along with sales of her own work, she even teaches sculpture classes.
Discovering breast cancer was, of course, never part of Annette’s plan, but she lets her work serve as therapy sometimes. She also loves letting the beach relieve her stress. “I love the beach and find it a calm, peaceful and positive place,” she explains in our article. “I often come to the coast to reflect and restore my sense of balance during times of stress — like when I was going through my breast cancer treatment and just before the annual MRI scans.” She’s always loved seashells, and talks about them as a symbol of eternity. They’ve been here for decades, she tells us, “they are with us now and they will be here for years to come. And that was what inspired me to use them in my design for this new breast form.”
We hope that this image will strengthen survivors everywhere with hope and peace. One interesting note: This year, we’re offering the pin and the breast form globally, not only here in the U.S. So women around the world will be connected with this special October Amoena collection.