Acid assault survivor and activist Reshma Qureshi says she feels extra stunning now than she ever has sooner than.
The 19-year-old from Mumbai, India, walked the runway at New York Fashion Week on Thursday, opening the FTL Moda display dressed in a robe by way of Mumbai-based clothier Archana Kocchar.
Qureshi hopes her look conjures up self assurance and hope in different acid assault survivors, she advised Reuters, including that she “felt extremely happy” up at the catwalk.
“Make your heart beautiful,” she advised the Hindustan Times. “Beauty is not just about how you look.”
India’s Supreme Court said in 2013 that attackers douse greater than 1,000 ladies a 12 months with acid.
Qureshi was once visiting a the town in northern India in 2014 along with her sister and two pals, when her sister’s estranged husband and two different males attacked them, retaining Qureshi down and pouring sulfuric acid on her face, she advised People ultimate 12 months.
The assault destroyed her left eye and critically disfigured her face, and Qureshi gained no monetary the help of the federal government for reconstructive surgical procedure. She did, on the other hand, obtain help from Make Love Not Scars, a bunch dedicated to supporting acid assault survivors. Since then, she’s transform a spokeswoman for the gang’s #FinishAcidSale marketing campaign, a motion to limit the sale of acid in India.
Last 12 months, Qureshi gave the impression in a sequence of Make Love Not Scars consciousness movies framed as make-up tutorials. The collection is titled “Beauty Tips by Reshma.”
At the top of the day, Qureshi does no longer believe herself a “victim.”
“I survived the attack, didn’t I?” she advised the Hindustan Times. “How can I ever be a victim?”
Acid assault survivor fashions at NYFW