How The Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon Came To Be
Self magazine, cosmetics company Estee Lauder and some unlikely events linked the pink ribbon to breast cancer awareness.By Ryan Biek | October 21, 2015
When you think of breast cancer, it's hard not to think of the pink ribbon. But how did the symbol get its start?
According to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, a ribbon was first used to symbolize a cause during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
Yellow ribbons came to symbolize the Gulf War and AIDS activists. Tony Award winner Jeremy Irons championed the red ribbon, and the small loop of fabric was well on its way as a badge to rally around.