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In this week's Art Post Outpost, Vancouver's 'flat and fabulous' Dianne Wraight heads to New York Fashion Week

Models walk the runway for the AnaOno Intimates X Cancerland show at New York Fashion Week in February 2017. (Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)

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"There seems to be a push for reconstruction," Wraight says, pictured above. "I say just slow down, come online, go into Flat and Fabulous and ask questions." (Supplied/Dianne Wraight)

'Flat and fabulous:' Vancouver breast cancer survivor prepares to model lingerie at New York Fashion Week (CBC British Columbia)

"Dianne Wraight is part of a legion of women who call themselves 'flat and fabulous.' This week, many of them will be making their modelling debuts at New York Fashion Week. They'll be sporting designs by AnaOno, which specializes in lingerie for women who have had mastectomies, breast reconstruction or breast surgery. Wraight learned last year that her breast cancer had come back a second time and decided she would undergo reconstructive surgery. Then she came across a video online of the previous AnaOno runway show. The first woman walked out in a long, flowing cape that showed off her tattoos. 'I just remembered thinking she looked so amazing. Just proud and confident and sassy,' Wraight said. Looking at the woman's chest, she realized there was nothing there. More women walked out and each of them had missing breasts. 'I just started to cry," Wraight said. 'It was one of those moments where something switched and I just knew I wouldn't reconstruct.'"

Joshua holds up one of his paintings. The young artist says he's looking forward to visiting West Edmonton Mall during his downtime in Edmonton. (Gabriela Panza-Beltrandi/CBC)

Alongside his father, 10-year-old artist tapped to help create Tlicho animation (CBC North)

"A talented young artist from Behchoko, N.W.T., and his father are contributing to an animation on how peace came to the Tlicho region generations ago. Joshua Wedzin, 10, and his father, well-known artist James Wedzin, will travel to Edmonton with other Tlicho artists to learn how to animate the film at a four-day workshop. Joshua is the youngest participant. The Tlicho government is helping fund the trip. Tony Rabesca is manager of cultural practices for the Tlicho government, and has been working on the animation project for four years. 'It's really special to have young people involved,' said Rabesca. 'They're the ones that are going to carry on the next generation and carry on the stories.'"

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, centre, with his wife Twinkle Khanna left, and Radhika Apte, right, pose for the media during launch of their film Pad Man. The film is inspired by a social activist who revolutionized the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India. (Rafiq Maqbool/ Associated Press)

Meet Pad Man: The Indian superhero tackling the taboo of menstrual hygiene (CBC News)

"It's an unlikely scene in deeply conservative India: a hugely popular Bollywood male star grinning widely as he holds up a sanitary pad and talks of menstrual hygiene. But that's exactly what action hero Akshay Kumar did as he promoted his film Pad Man, which opened in theatres Friday. Kumar plays the lead role of a man who starts manufacturing inexpensive sanitary pads after he discovers his wife's lack of access to them in a small town in southern India. The subject of menstruation and menstrual hygiene is rarely, if ever, discussed openly in Indian homes. 'This, I think is the biggest achievement of Pad Man: men and women breaking the taboo,' Kumar, 50, tweeted of his film."


Permission slip for Ms. Frizzle's upcoming field trip (CBC Comedy)

"The student named _________ has my permission to attend any field trip Ms. Frizzle presents, despite the fact that I have been given no prior knowledge of the location or activities in which my child will be participating. By signing this, I agree to have my child transformed into all manner of plant, animal, microbe, etc. My child will be transported, unvaccinated, to various countries and/or planets, where death is not only a risk, it is almost a guarantee. In the event that my child should fall ill, I consent to having the other students board the bus, shrink down to the size of a molecule, and enter my child's body in order to learn about my child's illness, without curing it."

Amrita Desphande shows off the artwork of one participant, depicting Waterton Lakes National Park. (Lucie Edwardson/CBC)

'It's therapy': Lethbridge woman uses art to help refugees tell their stories (CBC Calgary)

"A project in Lethbridge is helping refugees use the universal language of art to tell their stories of fleeing war-torn countries for Canada. When refugees from Syria, Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries began resettling in Lethbridge two years ago, artist Amrita Deshpande knew she wanted to help. 'I wanted to find a way to express myself, but also help them find the best way to express themselves,' she said. Adnan Ahmed said participating in the project with his family helped them during a lonely time that not many others can relate to. 'It left me with a really good feeling,' he said through a translator. 'I'd been feeling a lot of stress. A lot of things happened so quickly and I had been feeing depressed. The project really helped me release some of those feelings.'"

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