First things first: Even the Newsbabes know their name is a little controversial.
“It was my idea to call us the ‘newsbabes,’ ” said WUSA’s Andrea Roane. “I thought it was fun and hip and something that would look good in headlines.There are some who still aren’t happy with the name. But we are strong women, we are professionals, we are, in one fashion or another, Emmy-award winning journalists. We are women standing up for ourselves, standing up for our cause. So I see it as a positive way of getting attention and then hitting them with our message.”
The cause is breast cancer education, which is why D.C.’s female television anchors banded together — rare in a business where competition and ratings are fierce — for an annual fundraiser. “I think it’s so unique that there is this kind of collaboration among newswomen in one market,” said Fox 5’s Laura Evans. Even their bosses gave their blessing. “Who could say no to this?”
And so, five years in, another explosion of irreverence, cocktails, cupcakes and pink Thursday night at the Hamilton. Baby pink, hot pink and shocking pink: as in the identical cocktail dresses worn by WUSA’s JC Hayward and Lesli Foster.
Both work at the same station, both bought their dresses on sale at Neiman’s and both wore silver shoes. But “this was not planned,” said Foster. “I believe in covering things up. She believes in letting it all hang out.”
True, admitted Hayward, who wore the dress to work earlier in the day. Then again, after her own public battle with breast cancer, she’s not hiding much of anything.
“I had the surgery. I got through it,” she told the crowd in an impromptu stand-up routine. “I recovered very well, I was very lucky. But I looked in the mirror and the breast that they operated on was nice and lifted.” Hayward, who turns 70 next year, grinned broadly and pivoted to show off her bust line. “I told the surgeon, ‘You did great work . . .but why did you leave the other one hanging?’ ” (For the record, it wasn’t.)
She ended on a more serious note: “If you know someone who’s going through the journey I went through, please reach out to them and show them a little bit of love.” The night raised more than $10,000 for Howard University Cancer Center.