Camilla Franks stuns in white as she makes first official outing since ovary removal surgery

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Fashion designer Camilla Franks made her first official appearance on Monday after undergoing ovary removal surgery earlier this month. 

The Celebrity Apprentice star, 44, stunned in a white tuxedo at the star-studded Afterpay Australian Fashion Week on Monday following the lifesaving operation.

Camilla paired her show-stopping ensemble with an animal print blouse and strappy heels. 

Out and about: Fashion designer Camilla Franks made her first official appearance on Monday after undergoing a heartbreaking and painful ovary removal surgery earlier this month

Out and about: Fashion designer Camilla Franks made her first official appearance on Monday after undergoing a heartbreaking and painful ovary removal surgery earlier this month

 Her wavy ombre tresses were swept back for the event.

The Camilla label founder rubbed shoulders with the likes of former Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop at the show.

Stunning: The Celebrity Apprentice star, 44, stunned in a white tuxedo at the star-studded Afterpay Australian Fashion Week on Monday following the lifesaving operation

Stunning: The Celebrity Apprentice star, 44, stunned in a white tuxedo at the star-studded Afterpay Australian Fashion Week on Monday following the lifesaving operation 

Wild thing! Camilla paired the show stopping ensemble with an animal print blouse and strappy heels

Wild thing! Camilla paired the show stopping ensemble with an animal print blouse and strappy heels

Wild thing! Camilla paired the show stopping ensemble with an animal print blouse and strappy heels

The outing comes after Camilla spoke about the ‘big mistake’ she made prior to having her ovaries removed earlier this month.

The fashion designer and current Celebrity Apprentice Australia contestant admitted she wishes she had frozen her eggs years earlier during an intervew with the Sydney Morning Herald. 

Revealing she had taken the initial steps in the process before getting too ‘busy with work,’ she said: ‘I really regret it now.’

The right circles: The Camilla label founder rubbed shoulders with the likes of former Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop at the show

The right circles: The Camilla label founder rubbed shoulders with the likes of former Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop at the show

Emotional: The outing comes after Camilla spoke about the 'big mistake' she made prior to having her ovaries removed earlier this month

Emotional: The outing comes after Camilla spoke about the ‘big mistake’ she made prior to having her ovaries removed earlier this month

The entrepreneur has one child: daughter Luna, three, whom she shares with fiancé J.P. Jones. 

In the interview, she also revealed she had put off her ‘lifesaving surgery’ as long as she could in the hopes she could ‘pull off another little miracle.’ 

She and her Welsh musician partner are now investigating either adoption or surrogacy in the hopes of expanding their family. 

Regrets: The fashion designer and Celebrity Apprentice Australia contestant admitted she wishes she had frozen her eggs years earlier

Regrets: The fashion designer and Celebrity Apprentice Australia contestant admitted she wishes she had frozen her eggs years earlier

The candid interview comes less than a month after Camilla shared a gut-wrenching Instagram post about her surgery and the sorrow she felt after having her ovaries removed.

On May 6, she uploaded a photo of herself lying in a hospital bed alongside Luna’s teddy bear, calling the toy her ‘comfort in a sea of sadness’.

‘I’m clinging to it like a life raft, breathing in her smell, feeling her presence and warmth. Its little furry body is soaked with a torrent of tears that I can’t seem to stop,’ she wrote in the caption. 

‘I lie here with a broken heart as I recover from surgery to finally remove my ovaries. The grief and pain is excruciating. I feel as if my chest is going to burst as I mourn the loss of children I can no longer bear.’

Describing her battle with breast cancer as ‘hideous’, Camilla confessed her fight with the insidious disease is ongoing.

‘The gut-wrenching fear, sickness and debilitating rounds of immediate treatment are one thing, but it goes on,’ she continued. 

Recovering: Camilla shared this a photo of herself lying in a hospital bed on May 6, as she recovered from surgery to remove her ovaries

Recovering: Camilla shared this a photo of herself lying in a hospital bed on May 6, as she recovered from surgery to remove her ovaries  

‘I have a harmful BRCA2 gene variant and with that diagnosis came a horrible reality. That not only did I have to fight the breast cancer I had, I also had to prevent the future cancers I was so much more likely to get – more breast cancer, ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer, and others.’

She added: ‘I had to fight to save my life. A life which is so much more precious now that I have a little girl who loves and needs me.’

Camilla was first diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer only months after welcoming her daughter in January 2018. 

Horrific: Describing her battle with breast cancer as 'hideous', Camilla confessed her fight with the insidious disease is ongoing. Pictured at a fashion show in Sydney in May 2018

Horrific: Describing her battle with breast cancer as ‘hideous’, Camilla confessed her fight with the insidious disease is ongoing. Pictured at a fashion show in Sydney in May 2018

‘First was the discovery of a lump, and the heartache of having to wean my eight-week-old baby off my breast within days,’ she wrote.

‘Then six months of the bazooka of all chemo to attack my cancer, successfully. Then my treatment shifted to prevention. 

‘I underwent a double mastectomy, saying goodbye to my breasts which had only just been nourishing my beautiful newborn. Next went my fallopian tubes.

‘But now, this. The divine essence of my womanhood. My ovaries, the most sacred givers of life, being taken from me, leaves the biggest hole of all.’ 

Camilla revealed she’d been undergoing IVF treatments in the hope of having another child when her dream of becoming a second-time mum was destroyed.

‘I’ve spent the last 18 in pursuit of the dream of becoming a mother again,’ she confessed.

‘I kept putting this final lifesaving surgery off in the hope that I could pull off a miracle… I just really wanted to carry a baby again.’ 

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