This Breast Cancer Survivor and ‘Lemonade’ Star is Living the Most Inspiring Life!

On Saturday April 30th Paulette Leaphart began her 1,000 mile walk to the Washington D.C. completely bare-chested.

You may recognize Leaphart from “Hope” and “Freedom” on Beyonce’s smash visual album Lemonade  but her story goes so much deeper.

The 49 year old cancer survivor told People magazine that one night in 2014  “I suddenly woke from sleep and heard the voice of God telling me I have cancer.”

When she went to the doctor to get it checked out, the doctors told her they couldn’t find anything, but believing that she was hearing from a higher power she pushed for a second test and sure enough they found a tumor.

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Lephart was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer that resulted in a double mastectomy which left her without the choice of breast reconstruction. Her mastectomy scars left Lephart depressed and constantly questioning her feminine identity without her breasts.

“What is a woman without breasts? I have always identified as a very feminine woman.”

After wallowing in a depression Lephart turned to her faith and decided that she was given this struggle for a reason. She pushed to overcome her sadness and fears, first by going to the beach without her standard t-shirt to cover her scars. Then she posted a photo of herself topless proudly baring her scars to Facebook and quickly received over 100,000 likes and 100s of messages of support.


Lephart decided to take her message of self love even further by vowing to walk over 1,000 miles from her home in Mississippi to the White House.

While training for her walk in New Orleans she met Brooklyn based filmmakers Emily MacKenzie and Sasha Solodukhina who were instantly fascinated by her story. Collectively they decided to make a documentary and Scar Story was born.

Leaphart plans to finish the journey by June 27th, her 50th birthday, you can keep up with her along the way via her Facebook page and keep an eye out for Scar Story!

Check out the teaser for Scar Story!

Scar Story from M Emily MacKenzie on Vimeo.

Ariel Leconte

Ariel Leconte

Ariel is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and creator of Revolutionary In Pink Pumps blog. She is equally obsessed with social justice, lipstick, culture, and red wine.