"I know this is a minor inconvenience compared to the other things my mom's been through, and she never complains, but it is not fair," said Maiden in her petition. "A strong woman like her should be able to feel as beautiful as she is. She should be able to go to a store in her local mall with everyone else and buy a beautiful bra like everyone else."
Barrett, who was diagnosed at 36, said today she was "so proud" of her daughter. "It's been wonderful to see all this support and to have the chance to talk to Victoria's Secret representatives about how much this amazing decision would mean to survivors of breast cancer."
According to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women; the foundation estimates that more than 1.6 million new cases occurred among women worldwide in 2010.
The bras that Barrett wears have little pockets to hold the prostheses. They are available online, but it's hard to get a good fit without being measured in person, say both mother and daughter.
Maiden, who works at a local animal shelter, said she chose to petition Victoria's Secret because it has participated in breast cancer awareness campaigns in the past -- Victoria Secret's 2012 "Think Pink" campaign donated more than $1.1 million to cancer groups, according to the company's website.
And Maiden added that she'd also had positive experiences as a Victoria's Secret customer.
"Victoria's Secret is supposed to make women feel beautiful, and the women that deserve that feeling the most are excluded," Maiden wrote in her petition.
Both mother and daughter have participated in local breast cancer walks and supported the American Cancer Society.
"Every woman knows someone that has been impacted by breast cancer, and women are passionate about this cause," Maiden wrote in her petition. "What better way to give back to women than to help cancer survivors feel good about themselves?"