Elly Mayday

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Elly Mayday
A Tribute to Elly Mayday (A Perfect 14) - headshot.jpg
Mayday in A Perfect 14
Ashley Shandrel Luther

(1988-04-15)April 15, 1988
DiedMarch 1, 2019(2019-03-01) (aged 30)
OccupationModel, advocate
Years active2011–2018
Known forPlus-size modeling, ovarian cancer advocacy
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)[1]

Ashley Shandrel Luther (April 15, 1988 – March 1, 2019), better known as Elly Mayday,[2] was a Canadian model and activist for women's health. She was known for battling ovarian cancer throughout her modeling career. She was photographed with surgical scars and a bald head from chemotherapy.

In 2013, she was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer only seen in elderly women.[3] She was originally called a plus-size model by industry standards, a label which she rejected, saying that she embraced her size 14 body, and was normal size.

She was on the front a campaign for the Australian Women's Weekly and was one of six models featured in plus-size lingerie company Lane Bryant's #ImNoAngel campaign in April 2015. Her unretouched surgery scars were visible in the photographs.

Mayday died from the disease on March 1, 2019 at a hospital in Vancouver, aged 30.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Elly Mayday - Dorothy Combs". Dorothy Combs Models. Archived from the original on March 6, 2019. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  2. "Elly Mayday on Instagram: 'Elly Mayday's given name was Ashley Shandrel Luther. She was born on April 15, 1988 in Saskatchewan, Canada. Ashley was deeply loved by her..." Instagram.
  3. Donaldson James, Susan (January 21, 2014). "Plus Model Elly Mayday Continues to Pose Despite Bald Head, Scars". ABC News. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  4. Cachero, Paulina (March 5, 2019). "Body positive model Elly Mayday dies at 30 from ovarian cancer". Yahoo News. Retrieved March 15, 2019.