Why Chef Martha Ortiz Chapa Posed Nude For Breast Cancer Awareness

Find Out Why Chef Martha Ortiz Chapa Posed Nude For Breast Cancer Awareness
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If you happened to be riding down Mexico City's Avenida Reforma in October of 2012, and you saw a nearly 10-foot tall, semi-nude portrait of an intense-looking woman with long black hair and a serious, slightly mysterious expression, you probably encountered Martha Ortiz Chapa, owner and executive chef of Dulce Patria.

The photo is part of a breast cancer awareness campaign called “Tócate”; Ortiz was one of 15 Mexican women—and the only chef—to be photographed in the nude. Though Ortiz has not had a personal experience with breast cancer, her participation in the campaign, organized by Estée Lauder, reflects her commitment to social good, especially with issues that affect women. 

“I love to tell stories,” she says, “and each month, my menu changes to tell a new story.” This October, she's been featuring a pink menu, "Pintado de Rosa," which she designed especially for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. "Tú cuerpo, único e irrepetible, es la mejor receta,” reads the opening line of “The Pink Menu. Translated, this means "your body, unique and extraordinary, is the best recipe." 

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