Maui Bigelow Of PHAT GIRL FRESHI don’t talk about my breast a lot because I have a love/hate relationship with them. It is no secret that I kicked cancer’s ass seven years ago. It is also no secret that I underwent a breast reduction too. I have to say if it wasn’t for surgeons like Dr. Jeffrey Swail, my confidence would probably have been very little or possibly non existent. A change in appearance can make all the difference to how you end up feeling. There’s nothing wrong in changing something about yourself if you are not happy with it. Whether you decide to look into having Breast Reduction in Tulsa, OK or want to go for a Brazilian Butt lift in New York, as long as you are doing it for the right reasons, that’s all that matters.

So yeah, while my breast are a part of my body and I love them, but these two babies have put me through hell and I hated that! I know this is a problem that many women have been through in their lives. Thankfully, many of the places offering plastic surgery austin, and elsewhere, also offer breast reduction as part of their list of services. It’s two sides of the same coin: some want to enhance and enlarge their breasts so that they can feel more confident and attractive whereas some want reduction for many of the same reasons and also for the relief to some of the physical side effects having very large breasts brings.

As a girl I was picked on because I developed early and by the third grade, I had a full rack. This was embarrassing on so many levels; being referred to as big titty Maui by other kids, having blood stains on the shoulders of my shirts from super tight bra straps and being called “fast” by adults all because Mother Nature started working on me a whole lot sooner than other girls my age. While all of that was awful, the worse was me being sexualized my grown ass men. They looked at me and saw ass and titties, never mind the fact that I was ten years old.

As an adult, two events involving my breast changed my life. The first event took place thirteen years ago when I was finally able to have a breast reduction (insert happy twerk). The second event happened on October 12, 2010 when my doctor told me I had breast cancer. After this, I was convinced… my left breast was trying to kill me! So yeah, now you know why I love and hate these two.

Crazy thing is, for all the hardships I experienced due to my breast, I never learned many of the things that I needed to know… Until now! Immediately following my first surgery I knew that there was a huge difference in my breast (duh). It literally took me an entire year to learn my bra size, figure out what bras worked for me and get comfortable with the little tomatoes on my chest that were once four huge melons.

Because I would hate for you to experience the headaches I did and waste the time and money I wasted in search of bras that were comfortable, fit properly and (of course) cute, I am sharing. Thank God for LiviRae Lingerie because they taught me so much, I only wish it had been sooner. However, now that I know better, I do better and I share as much as I can with other women and girls, especially my daughter.Maui Bigelow Of PHAT GIRL FRESH

For all my survivors of breast cancer or breast surgery read below to learn the truth about bras and your breast post-surgery.

  1. PROTECT THE BOOBIES, WEAR A BRA! If you are a cancer survivor who underwent a mastectomy and are having reconstructive surgery or a woman who chooses to enhance her breast; please wear a bra. Breast implants are added weight to the chest wall, if you don’t wear a bra, you run the risk of becoming a member of the droopy boobie community. If you’re looking for a reputable place to have breast implants, visit Sachin Shridharani at Luxurgery.

  1. “NO WIRE HANGERS (in my Mommy Dearest voice), BUT YES TO UNDERWIRE BRAS! I know a lot of women hate underwire bras but I love them. After being a little girl with big pointy breast, I appreciate the way underwire bra make my breast look. The key to underwire bras post-surgery is proper fit; the wire should lay flat against your ribcage and not on your breast.Maui Bigelow Of PHAT GIRL FRESH

  1. DON’T CHEAT YOURSELF, TREAT YOURSELF! If you have new boobs, you need new bras! Yeah, I know that bras aren’t cheap but you have to take care of your investment. I mean, would you put regular gas in a Rolls Royce?

  1. NO PUSH UPS! Say “NO NO NO NO NO (in my Destiny’s Child voices) to push up bras, they are not your friend. I know we all want to show a little cleavage but push up bras can cause indention in breast and encapsulation. Oh, and did you know that an underwire bra can give you just as much cleavage as a push up bra. Maui Bigelow Of PHAT GIRL FRESH

  1. ABC’S AND 123’S! When trying on new bras to accommodate your new breast remember, your letter will change but your number will remain the same. While it may take a while to figure it all out, know that the letter isn’t important… IT IS ALL ABOUT THE FIT!

Yeah girl, you’re welcome! I picked up every gem LiviRae owners, Molly and Cynthia dropped just for you. Please take all of them into consideration but more than any of them, live by number 5.

Oh, and another thing, if you are in doubt or confused, set up an appointment with LiviRae Lingerie to get a proper bra fitting from a professional. Don’t live in the metro Atlanta area and don’t want to take a long drive? LiviRae has you covered, they offer cyber fittings and consultations at your request.

Speaking of fitting, I will be at the LiviRae location on Sunday October 22,2017 from 2 p.m-6p.m for their “FEAR THE FIT, DON’T FEAR THE SIZE” event. During the event you can get fitted for a bra, try out some options and learn more about breast health from experienced individuals and professionals. You know it is going to be a good time with myself and the Original Diva Doll MsNickee Mack hosting.Maui Bigelow Of PHAT GIRL FRESH

Photos by P. Dillon Photography

NOTE: All lingerie were provided by LiviRae Lingerie in compliance with FTC Guidelines.



  1. October 23, 2017 / 9:49 am

    Thank you for sharing your story Maui. Great tips for bra shopping too. My breast have changed dramatically after having kids and it has been a constant struggle figuring out my bra size a proper fit.

    • October 23, 2017 / 4:05 pm

      Girl, the struggle is really real!

  2. October 23, 2017 / 11:00 am

    I appreciate you sis for sharing your story. These are great tips to wear by (I can’t leave the house without underwire lol)!

    • October 23, 2017 / 4:06 pm

      Yes, I love me a good ole underwire bra!

  3. October 23, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    These are great tips. I was wearing a bra when I was 10 years old and I hated it. I wished I didn’t have them, and the dent situation is real. Bra fit is definitely something that is not talked about, and it needs to be. Awesome post!!

    • October 23, 2017 / 4:15 pm

      Thanks love! Bra fit is a very important conversation especially for mother’s with daughters.

  4. October 23, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. All your tips are helpful!