Can Muhammed Karagoz is a fashion model and dancer with a social conscience. When he’s not working as a dance instructor, modelling or acting, he’s giving back to his community. He’s gotten quite a reputation for working with cancer patients – on the runway.
It’s a bit unexpected; do cancer patients really want to be modelling the catwalk? For many of them, yes. Many people with cancer watch their body go through drastic bodily changes such as weight loss/gain and hair loss. This can negatively impact their self-image and confidence, often resulting in anxiety and depression.
Supporting cancer patients by giving them the opportunity to star in their very own fashion show has proven to be an excellent way to help them restore their self-confidence. Along with Hope beneficiary, international model Can Muhammed Karagoz has provided encouragement and modelling advice to stage 4 cancer patients, allowing them to share their stories and express their unique selves through fashion and modelling.
Despite being immensely busy, Can Muhammed Karagoz always manages to make time to help others. He believes that fashion can provide an outlet for creative expression, which can help people with cancer feel like themselves again instead of being simply patients. His passion for supporting people through difficult times is commendable.
His secret to success? “Surround yourself with people who support and believe in you wholeheartedly. Everyone has moments of self-doubt, but these moments don’t have to get the better of you.”
Tips for self-confidence when you have cancer
It’s important to educate yourself as much as you can on your specific condition and the treatment options available, as well as any risks. This can make you feel confident and empowered to be able to voice your opinion during appointments with your healthcare practitioners and make informed decisions. Taking notes during consultations can help you stay on top of things, too.
You wouldn’t keep going to the same hairdresser if they did a poor job – so why should it be any different with your healthcare providers? Your wellbeing is of the utmost importance, so ensure to uphold standards with your practitioners. Don’t settle for poor care; your health and happiness come first. If you aren’t satisfied with a practitioner, try someone else until you find the right fit.
Look after your appearance
While it’s unrealistic to expect to always look runway ready while you’re going through cancer treatment, it can be a good idea to make an effort to take care of your appearance where possible. Not for others, but for yourself – we usually feel great when we look great. Of course, beauty is more than just appearances, but it’s nice to be able to look into the mirror and love your looks, too. Keeping up a simple skincare routine, showering and choosing an outfit you love can really do wonders for your confidence. Got a meeting you’re a bit nervous about? Pop on some red lipstick (if you’re female) or a blazer – you’re nearly guaranteed to feel bold!