Indian acid attack survivor all set to grace New York Fashion Week catwalk

Indian acid attack survivor all set to grace New York Fashion Week catwalk

Qureshi is also the face of 'Make Love Not Scars', a campaign to end the open sale of acid in India. (Representative Image) Photograph: (Getty)

New York, United States Aug 25, 2016, 01.13 PM (IST)
A 19-year-old acid attack survivor from India is all set to grace the New York Fashion Week catwalk next month in her first trip overseas.

Reshma Qureshi, who lives in Mumbai, was attacked by her brother-in-law and pinned down by his friends who doused her face in acid in 2014. She lost sight in one eye and her face was horribly disfigured after the attack but Qureshi has been determined to build a life for herself.

She has been invited to take part in the New York Fashion Week, the bi-annual style frenzy that brings together models, fashion editors, buyers and designers from across the world, by fashion production company FTL Moda. 

She is scheduled to walk the runway on September 8 in two shows during New York Fashion Week.

The daughter of a taxi driver, she was filmed in a YouTube video wiping away tears and smiling when told by the charity Make Love Not Scars that she would be flying to New York.
 
The London-based charity Acid Survivors Trust International estimates there are 500 to 1,000 acid attacks each year in India.
Qureshi is also the face of 'Make Love Not Scars', a campaign to end the open sale of acid in India.


Acid attacks rarely kill but leave severe physical, psychological and social scars. They are a particular problem in Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, the West Indies and the Middle East.

The overwhelming number of victims are women and children.

The London-based charity Acid Survivors Trust International estimates there are 500 to 1,000 acid attacks each year in India.

FTL Moda is committed to challenging norms of beauty in the fashion world and last year invited Madeline Stuart, an Australian teenager with Down syndrome, to walk the runway, garnering rave reviews.

(WION with inputs from AFP) 

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Reshma Qureshi, who lives in Mumbai, was attacked by her brother-in-law and pinned down by his friends who doused her face in acid in 2014

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