Acid attack survivors have found a new way to bring awareness to the inhumane act perpetrated against the women mostly in south Asia.
It is painful just to think about what these women go through but a couple of these women have put their face up to bang the drum and bring awareness to their plight.
Reshma Qureshi, an acid attack survivor from Mumbai, is fighting back by walking the runway in New York. Another survivor Laxmi Aggarwal is also set to walk the runway in London.
Acid attacks usually comes as a result of revenge towards women who reject advances from men. Family members also attack their relatives who they believe have ”dishonored” the family for some reason or the other.
19 year old Reshma was attacked in May 2014 by her sister’s husband and his friends. She lost the use of one of her eyes because of inadequate treatment given to her.
She joined the fight against acid attacks a year later through the non-profit organization ”Make Love Not Scars”.
She made a couple of makeup videos for attack survivors referencing in one of them that ”it is easy for someone to buy acid as it is to buy a lip stick”. The video gained her worldwide recognition and has been viewed multiple of times.
Ms Qureshi was then invited to take her message to New York Fashion Week to use that medium to bring awareness to the issue.
Laxmi Aggarwal, a survivor from New Delhi and a social activist, is also set to walk the runway in London.
She founded the NGO Stop Acid Attacks, and has successfully led a campaign against acid attacks on women which received recognition from Michelle Obama.
Laxmi has previously graced many shows but this gives her a platform where outer beauty is mainly recognized.