As a 24-year-old Miss America contestant, Allyn Rose made headlines across the globe with her controversial decision to undergo a prophylactic double mastectomy after losing her mother, grandmother and great aunt to breast cancer. Allyn’s story was featured on Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, E! News, The Today Show, Katie Couric, Inside Edition, in PEOPLE Magazine and she was a FOX Power Player of the Week. Allyn gave a TEDx Talk at Chapman University and works as an advocate and contributor on several national media outlets sharing a message of hope and the importance of putting life before vanity.
Now, a spokesperson for the AiRS Foundation, Allyn also serves as keynote speaker for numerous events, including the annual Breast Cancer Summit in New York where she was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for her continued dedication to educating women in breast cancer prevention. She was received the 21st Annual Congress on Women’s Health’s “Women’s Health Advocacy Award.”
Rose has a B.A. in Government in Politics with a concentration in Political Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park and Master of International Business Law from Universität Mannheim in Mannheim, Germany, successfully defending her thesis: “The Impact of Western Campaign Finance Laws on Free Speech and Free Elections.”
In 2018, Allyn was selected as a Sports Illustrated Swim Search Finalist and was the first woman with a mastectomy to model for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit.
Allyn serves as a patient advocate in the breast cancer community, creating movements like #SelfExamGram, which encourages women on social media to perform monthly self breast exams. In Fall 2019, she will launch www.ThePrevivor.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit website aimed at educating women on their options for mastectomy and reconstruction. The Previvor is a first of its kind, patient-led, resource featuring information useful before, during and after mastectomy.