Woman Who Lost 95 Percent Of Her Jaw To Cancer Continues Modeling, Radiates Love And Confidence

'I was scared to drink because sometimes water would come out of (the side of my) face.'

When you're 24, working with the most prestigious modeling agencies around the world and walking down runways from London to Taiwan, you must feel invincible.

And no, this is not some kind of fairy tale scenario we made up. This was, in fact, the day-to-day life of a Canadian model Elizaveta Bulokhova. Apart from phenomenal success in her career, this young ambitious woman also had a loving husband and a baby on the way.

A full package, wouldn't you say? It was. Until a sinister disease scarred Bulokhova's face and almost took her baby's life. Read her story below.


This is Elizaveta photographed a year before the shocking diagnosis completely changed her life.

At that time she was a happy-go-lucky person, enjoying her career as a model and a loving relationship with her S/O Roman Troubetskoi.

In 2014, the couple decided to take a breather from all the hassle and moved to Amsterdam, where they also conceived their precious son, Valentin.

Then one day, out of nowhere, Bulokhova's right side of her jaw began swelling ...

According to her interview with Vice, Bulokhova was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in her jaw. The only way to remove the tumour was to perform a surgery on Elizaveta's jaw and take her through sessions of chemotherapy.

Unfortunately, that also meant she had to terminate her pregnancy.

"He was very active and I would talk to him often while he was in my womb. I had to tell him to stop moving because I couldn't keep him and then all of a sudden he did. He listened; he stopped moving," Bulokhova told Vice.

During 16 hours of surgery, doctors removed 6.7 inches (95 percent) of Elizaveta's jaw. It was then reconstructed using parts of her right leg and right shoulder.

But that wasn't the end to her trouble.

The surgery was followed by complications that delayed Elizaveta's chemo. And if that wasn't enough, her unborn son was still scheduled for abortion.

However, after consulting with doctors, Bulokhova decided to give birth 10 weeks early. With Cesarean section, she was able to safely deliver Valentin to this world.

You would think experience like this can totally crush a person's spirit, but Elizaveta had zero intentions to let that happen.

Manolo Ceron | Makeup by Julia Stone

In her recent collaboration with photographer Manolo Ceron, Bulokhova looks like a phoenix that has risen from the ashes more powerful than she'd ever been.

Manolo Ceron | Makeup by Julia Stone

'We wanted to use art as a tool to tell her story. Eli is the theme. It shows how fragile and beautiful we are,' Ceron told Vice.

Manolo Ceron | Makeup by Julia Stone

Both the model and the photographer hope their work will help other cancer survivors find strength in believing that things can change for the better.

Manolo Ceron | Makeup by Julia Stone

As for Elizaveta and her family, it seems like there's a long, beautiful life waiting ahead.

Manolo Ceron | Makeup by Julia Stone


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