Julie Bishop stuns in a pink ball gown surrounded by lifesavers on a beach as she raises awareness for ovarian cancer
Julie Bishophas stunned in a pink ball gown while surrounded by lifesavers on a beach to raise awareness for ovarian cancer.
The former Liberal Party deputy leader, 64, donned the extravagant frock as she clung to a pylon at Cottesloe Beach in Perth.
Ms Bishop, an ambassador for the Ovarian Cancer Fund, starred in the photoshoot aspart of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund's 'Frocktober' campaign.
'This stunning gown designed by Jaimie Sortino is for auction online with all proceeds for ovarian cancer research,' Ms Bishop wrote on Instagram on Tuesday.
'Help raise funds to develop an early detection test - earlier treatment earlier diagnosis means saving lives.'
Mr Sortino is an Adelaide designer whose cousinJenna Crierie was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and died last Thursday.
'He (Mr Sortino) and his cousin had this idea that he would design a dress, and I would wear it, and then we'd put it out on social media and then auction the dress,' Ms Bishop said on The Morning Show.
'I agreed to do it and his cousin had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer - so it was a very heartfelt request.'
Mr Sortino said Ms Bishop's pink frock 'is without a doubt the most important gown I have designed in my whole career'.
Before she passed away, Ms Criere called for more funding for ovarian cancer research to detect the disease early.
'There are some women that are lucky in a sense that they discover the disease early, and if they do it's treatable, but of course most people with ovarian cancer have a story similar to mine
'I know that ovarian cancer desperately needs more funding and I think that the best way to do that is by something like this project, that I am extremely grateful to Jaimie (Sortino) for.'
Perth photographer Russell James came up with the idea of Ms Bishop standing on the bell pylon at Cottesloe Beach while wearing the dress.
Ms Bishop said the photoshoot was 'a bit of fun' although it was 'a little bit scary'.
'The ocean was a bit choppy. I hopped in a little rubber ducky with a surf crew, we went out to the pylon and threw a rope over it,' Ms Bishop said.
'I grabbed hold of the rope, jumped onto the pylon, scrambled up to the top and stood there waiting for the photographs.
'The wind that we have here in Perth was blowing somewhat, so I was trying to keep the dress in a modest position while clinging onto a pylon.'
Although the photoshoot was lighthearted, Ms Bishop stressed that it was for a very serious cause as one Australian woman dies from ovarian cancer every eight hours.
'Over 1,000 women will die from ovarian cancer this year in Australia but there is no early detection test as there is with other cancers,' she said.
'So by the time women work out that these symptoms are not normal - tiredness, nausea and dizziness - the cancer is in an advanced stage. So the survival rates are much lower than other cancers.
'That's why we're raising funds through Frocktober to help develop an early detection test. Early detection means an earlier diagnosis, earlier treatment, saving lives.'
Anyone who wants to bid on Ms Bishop's dress can do so here.