Coronation Star Victoria Ekanoye has revealed that she has found the strength to wear a bikini again after a double mastectomy – thanks to Liz Hurley.
Victoria, who played Angie Appleton in the hit ITV soap, underwent the gruelling surgery a year after finding a lump while breastfeeding her son.
The 40-year-old said she had “insecurities swirling around her head” after having the life-saving op and subsequent reconstruction but was told by Liz, dubbed the “bikini queen”, one of her pieces would look “amazing”.
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Liz, 57, has her own gorgeous swimwear range and is a walking advert for them – she often posts age-defying snaps showing off her stunning figure.
Victoria also said that Liz’s lookalike son Damian took some fabulous snaps of her, further boosting her confidence.
Damian, 20, takes all of his mum’s bikini pics and is a gifted photographer.
She told the Sun: “That was a really big moment for me… but they made me feel really comfortable.
“Damian said, ‘Get in front of that window’, and then started taking all these photos of me.
“He’s incredibly talented. His eye captured something really special and I felt so proud when I looked at the photos he had taken.
“It was such a turning point for me psychologically.”
Victoria, who is mum to Theo, 22 months, also said that having breast cancer with a young son made her “more aware of her mortality” and that it was “incredibly hard to think about”.
The X Factor: Celebrity star’s mum and aunt suffered from breast cancer, as did two of her cousins… “then suddenly I had it”, she said.
Victoria and Liz became pals after starring in US soap The Royals together.
Liz also lost her grandma to the disease and has been an ambassador for Estee Lauder’s breast cancer campaign for 27 years.
Victoria described how Liz and Damian “took her under their wing” and how the Austin Powers star is “brilliant, funny and nurturing” and just “refuses to age”.
She added: “She’s also got such a good spirit and it’s passed through to Damian. He’s very talented.”
The friends are due to feature in a new Netflix film together, Christmas in Paradise.
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