Fashionista Marlena Ortiz didn’t let cancer slow her down, started nonprofit Beating Cancer in Heels

New York was made for fashion. With its sidewalks that are stomped on like catwalks, to its bright lights that shine down on them, this city is home to the world’s most fabulous residents, like our first Model New Yorker, Marlena Ortiz.

Ortiz kicked breast cancer to the curb — while wearing her 3-inch stilettos. When the disease took hold of her body, she refused to let it take over her self-esteem.

“I was always a positive person,” she says. “So I made a point to always feel fabulous, to be extra spunky, funny and loud.”

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