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Girls Aloud Nadine tackles colostomy bags taboo

Published 28/05/2010 | 09:32

Nadine Coyle
Nadine Coyle
Nadine Coyle
Nicola Roberts (left) and Sarah Harding of Girls Aloud at the Vivienne Westwood Red Label Catwalk show
Sarah Harding from Girls Aloud at the Vivienne Westwood Red Label Catwalk show
LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud poses after winning the Best British Single backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
Girls Aloud - official tour image
Girls Aloud - official tour image
British band Girls Aloud react after collecting the Best British Single Award at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court
Girls Aloud member Nadine Coyle
British group Girls Aloud perform at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/MJ Kim)
British group Girls Aloud pose backstage at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 after winning a prize for best British Single of the year. From left, Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberly Walsh. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British band Girls Aloud, from left, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole arrive at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British band Girls Aloud react after collecting the Best British Single Award at the Brit Awards 2009 at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/MJ Kim)
Girls Aloud - official tour image
Girls Aloud - official tour image

Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle wants to help "smash the taboo" that surrounds people who have to wear colostomy bags.

The singer, who is launching a solo career later this year, said the "pretence of body perfection" made it difficult for patients recovering from bowel surgery to feel sexy or confident.

Nadine spoke out after her friend, hairstylist Connor Grant, had an operation in January which left him needing a colostomy bag for the rest of his life.

She said: "This was a big worry, especially in our industries where there is so much pretence at body perfection.

"I was amazed at the negative connotations that surrounds people with a stoma and also shocked at the lack of exposure in the mainstream media. This is one taboo which I am right on board in helping to smash."

The LA-based singer has agreed to be a celebrity ambassador for "designer colostomy knicker" company Vanilla Blush.

The company was founded by Glasgow-based Nicola Dames after she had major bowel surgery in 2006 which left her needing an ileostomy bag.

The 33-year-old wanted to help men and women who have had bowel surgery to cope with the aftermath of treatment and rebuild their confidence with "sexy" underwear and swimwear, turning a "medical problem into a fashion challenge". Her underwear comes with a built-in pouch to conceal the bag.

Nadine said: "Nicola has turned people's lives around with her underwear.

"You can still look and feel gorgeous whilst having a colostomy or ileostomy."

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