Singer does Somethin Kinda Ooh for Catholic businesswoman

Nadine Coyle is supporting Vanilla Blush

THE SCO is delighted that Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle is lending her support to a Glasgow-based businesswoman’s unique firm.

The Irish singer has become an ‘ambassador’ for Vanilla Blush owned by Nicola Dames. The firm, recently featured in the Scottish Catholic Observer, makes specialist underwear and swimwear for people who wear stoma (colostomy) bags.

Ms Coyle, 21, decided to help Vanilla Blush after her friend, hairstylist Connor Grant, had an operation in January which resulted in him needing a colostomy bag.

“This was a big worry, especially in our industries where there is so much pretence at body perfection,”  Los Angeles-based singer Ms Coyle said.

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

Young Mum Mrs Dames, a former neuro intensive care nurse and a huge lingerie fan, began her business after she had surgery in Glasgow in 2006 which meant she was required to wear a stoma bag. After surgery she realised none of the underwear available fitted or helped her feel good about her body so she designed her range own with a special concealed pouch.

Mrs Dames hopes the singer’s endorsement can help Vanilla Blush crack the American market this year. The businesswoman want to take her lingerie, swimwear and models, who all wear stoma bags, to a nursing conference in Arizona and is busy raising funds for the trip.

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