A Crohn’s disease survivor has launched a new line of luxury lingerie – that allows women with STOMA BAGS to feel sexy again.
Jasmine Stacey, 24, underwent surgery to remove part of her intestine and need an ileostomy bag to replace the function of the missing organ.
The brave woman said she has since been inspired to come up with a stylish brand of underwear due to the lack of seductive garments for women in her position.
Determined to help other, she believes despite undergoing the life changing procedure women can still be sexy and her lingerie will give them that boost.
The single nurse from Bournemouth, said: “I was 20 when I had the operation and missed the lingerie I used to have before surgery.
“After looking around I realised that there was nothing similar and decided to create my own collection after gaining my London fashion accreditation.
“I want to take the stigma away from having a stoma bag and prove you can still be sexy with underwear.
“I want to get the message out there that it is not as bad as people think and that young people have stoma bags as well as old people.
“We hope our underwear is stylish without being flimsy and empowers women to feel confident whether they have stoma bags, scars, or simply want more stomach control.
“The lingerie is designed for all types of women in mind.”
Jasmine has suffered with Crohn’s disease, which causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system, for 14 years.
Surgery left her needing an ileostomy bag – similar to colostomy bags – to move waste out of the body because her colon was unable to function properly.
Jasmine added: “I felt awful after the operation. It was really difficult to deal with.
“It was a massive shock. It changed my body image.
“You are having surgery to make your life better but it changes you in other ways.
“I haven’t been this well in years and the stoma bag has helped.”
Jasmine was recently part of a raunchy calendar that saw 11 sufferers wearing underwear and showing off their stoma bags for charity Purple Wings, which supports bowel disease.
The roaring success of the campaign has reaffirmed that the pouches are no obstacle to being beautiful.
Jasmine’s lingerie, created from the finest British silk, takes inspiration from current catwalk trends with its ultra feminine and daring identity.
She hopes that it will help all woman with body image issues, not just those with bags, but says that it is a part of their lives that people have to accept.
“People have to accept it. If they don’t accept it, they aren’t the person for me.
“I always say that underwear is the foundation for confidence. If you are wearing nice underwear you feel better.
“This underwear might give them that little boost of confidence.
“All my friends love it and I’ve been told I’m an inspiration. I don’t think of myself that way though – I just like underwear.
“I think a lot of women would wear it. I think they should just give it a go.
“You can be sexy no matter what you have got.”
Jasmine Stacey Collection will be on offer at the upcoming trade market The Lingerie Edit at the Savoy Hotel in London in January, which will be attended by many leading stores and boutiques.
She hopes to eventually see it in the likes of Harrods and Selfridges.
Jasmine’s autumn/winter collection is available exclusively via her website at www.jasminestaceycollection.co