Edinburgh mum Angela is in the pink after modelling with TV star Michelle Heaton for charity fashion photoshoot
At 61 Years Young, Angela Jones of Edinburgh Radiates Confidence in Her Modelling Debut.
Last week, the mum-of-three took part in a glamourous photoshoot alongside Liberty X pop singer Michelle Heaton and four other women from around the UK – all affected by breast cancer.
The pink-themed shoot was for a special fashion fundraiser organised by celebrity designer brand Raishma and in aid of Breast Cancer Now. The pictures were taken by top international photographer Sanjay Jogia, who himself lost his mother to breast cancer.
Titled “Still Me”, the series of images will be hosted on the designer’s website where a collection of dresses are available – 10 per cent of every dress sold over the next year will go to the breast cancer awareness charity.
Angela and daughter Mary, 32, were both diagnosed with breast cancer within weeks of each other in December 2021. Both have undergone several surgeries, treatment and radiotherapy. Daughter Mary hosts a special Instagram account to raise awareness of breast cancer with the handle @thetaleoftwotits.
Back in April Angela graced the catwalk, wearing a dress by Raishma, at a special event for Breast Cancer Now. The event inspired the designer to create the fashion fundraiser and launch it with a special photo-shoot using real women as models, as well as famous face Michelle.
Michelle, 44, was diagnosed 12 years ago with the BRCA2 mutation gene, which meant she had up to an 85% chance of contracting breast cancer at an early age. She went on to have a double mastectomy and later a hysterectomy.
Angela said: “The whole experience was a huge boost. The group of women were very supportive of each other and we all shared a lot of laughter and some very special memories. The camaraderie within the group was very uplifting. The photographs are incredible and the whole team was very professional – from having my hair and makeup done by top professionals, to then being dressed in the elegant blush pink gown. It was amazing. To feel beautiful and empowered after the breast cancer experience was life affirming.
“It was also a beautiful moment when my daughter Mary supprised me by turning up at the Studio. It was great to have her support after all we’ve been through together. It was a very special day. Modelling beside a pop star was a unique experience. Michelle was so friendly and down to earth as she chatted with us about everyday life.
She adds: “October is the official month of breast cancer awareness but for anyone impacted by it, the after-effects of the cancer and treatments are ongoing, but still every day is precious.”
Michelle Heaton, who shared some of the images from the photoshoot on her Instagram, said: “It was such a great day. I was so very pleased to meet Angela and was very moved to learn about how both she and her daughter Mary were diagnosed with breast cancer around the same time. They are both inspirational.”
Fashion designer Raishma Islam, who has dressed royalty and celebrities including Princess Beatrice, presenter Susanna Reid, Strictly star Amy Dowden and ITV’s Amanda Holden, added: “Angela and all the ladies are an absolute inspiration. Fashion plays an important role in boosting any woman’s confidence but especially when facing health struggles.” Check out the charity dresses here: www.raishma.co.uk
Credit: Michelle Heaton is an Ambassador for Breast Cancer Now and is promoting the Omaze Million Pound House Draw, Scotland – a new prize draw raising vital funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Now. Enter before midnight Sunday 29th October at: https://omaze.co.uk/pages/