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New York Fashion Week

Acid attack survivor will walk in New York Fashion Week


Reshma Qureshi, an acid attack survivor, will make a strong political statement when she walks the runway for New York Fashion Week. The 19-year-old is the face of #EndAcidSale, a campaign created by New Delhi-based non-governmental organization Make Love Not Scars that is against the sale of acid and acid attacks in India. She will bring their message to North America – and the VIP fashion event – for the first time.
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In May 2014, Qureshi and her sister Gulshan were visiting the city of Allahabad in northern India when they were violently attacked by Gulshan’s estranged husband and two other people.

When Qureshi tried to help her sister, the men poured acid on her face. She was eventually offered minimal assistance at a local hospital, but didn’t receive treatment or surgery until she returned home to Mumbai. (According to Women Now, crowdfunding campaigns were set up to help cover the costs of her numerous operations.)

After the attack, Qureshi teamed up with Make Love Not Scars and created informational videos describing India’s problem with acid attacks and how they affect the lives of victims.

FTL Moda, a fashion production company, invited her to take part in New York Fashion Week, the bi-annual style frenzy that brings together models, fashion editors, buyers and designers from across the world. She is scheduled to walk the runway on Sept 8 in two shows during New York Fashion Week.

The London-based charity Acid Survivors Trust International estimates there are 500 to 1,000 acid attacks each year in India. Acid attacks rarely kill but leave severe physical, psychological and social scars.

They are a particular problem in South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, the West Indies and the Middle East. The overwhelming number of victims are women and children.

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

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