A street art mural of Angelina Jolie showing mastectomy scars appeared in a square in Milan on Wednesday, marking World Day Against Breast Cancer. Jolie had a preventative double mastectomy in 2013 after she tested positive for a gene that’s linked to breast cancer. Jolie’s mom, Marcheline Bertrand, died from breast cancer.
“My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56. She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was,” Jolie explained in early 2013. She added that she’d been found to carry a gene known as BRCA1, which increases her chance of breast cancer.
Jolie explained at the time, “My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman.” She added that the choice to get a double mastectomy was not easy but that she was “very happy” with her decision ultimately.
The piece, “Love Yourself,” was created by street artist aleXsandro Palombo and adorns the central Piazza San Babila.
In the past, the same artist has done a series of art pieces that showed Disney princesses, including Snow White, Jasmine, Cinderella, Ariel, Aurora, and Tiana, with their own mastectomy scars.
Palombo recently made headlines for painting a mural of Marge Simpson cutting her iconic hair in front of the Iranian Consulate in Milan. The piece is in support of protesters who are rising up in fury after morality police in Iran killed 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.