The Monokini 2.0 project is a social photography project shot by Pinja Valja that celebrates real breast cancer survivors. Instead of being presented as sad or less than whole versions of themselves, this series captures strong, confident and beautiful women wearing monokinis that were created for them by Finnish designers.
After undergoing a mastectomy, these women have been left with only one breast and their scars from surgery are exposed by the designs of the bathing suits. Although swimwear only seems like an option for women who have had breast-reconstruction surgery post-cancer, this series shows that the loss of one breast or two doesn't mean that you are any less woman or feminine.
It's encouraging to know that after seeing the image of survivor Sirpa in the leafy black monokini designed by Tärähtäneet Ämmät, more women asked to be a part of the project. Monokini 2.0 photos will be exhibited in Oslo this spring.