On the first day of the New York Fashion Week, an Indian model scarred in an acid attack challenged perceptions of beauty as she strutted down the runway at New York Fashion Week to promote a ban on the sale of corrosive substances used to maim thousands of women and children each year.
Reshma Qureshi, who made her runway debut on Thursday, survived an acid attack in India that blinded one of her eyes and disfigured her face two years ago. She was being attacked with sulfuric acid by her estranged brother-in-law and two men at the age of 17.
After enduring numerous skin graft surgeries and contemplating suicide, she met the founder of Make Love Not Scars, a group that helps survivors of the gender-based crimes.
在经历了无数次痛苦的植皮手术和蚀骨般疼痛的折磨后，她也想要放弃生命，但是她见到了“Make Love Not Scars”的创始人，这个组织致力于帮助印度被硫酸毁容的女性。
“I feel really good and the experience was great,” the 19-year-old from Mumbai said. For her first stint on the catwalk, she was in a “stunning cream and floral floor-length gown” designed by Archana Kochhar, an Indian designer.
“I want to tell the world — do not see us in a weak light and see that even we can go out and do things,” she said.
This was not Qureshi’s first time standing up as a survivor of acid attacks. She has been making beauty-advice videos on YouTube, which last year as a public-service announcement for an effort in India to stop acid from being available for sale in the open market.
Qureshi said she hopes her turn on the catwalk will inspire hope and confidence in other acid attack survivors and spur countries to regulate the sale of cheap and easily available acids.
“No one else understands what an acid attack is except the survivors themselves,”she said.
“I do not want this to happen to anyone else”.