ured in an acid attack, today gracefully walked at the New York Fashion Week.

Walking the ramp in a stunning cream and floral floor-length gown by Indian designer Archana Kochhar, Reshma brushed off nerves and owned the ramp.

 

“I feel really good and the experience was great,” she told a news agency afterward, speaking in Hindi through a translator. “I feel as though it has definitely changed my life.”

She was invited to take part by FTL Moda, a fashion production company committed to challenging industry stereotypes of beauty and which last year invited a model with Down Syndrome to take part.

“Why should we not enjoy our lives? What happened to us is not our fault and we’ve done nothing wrong and so we should also move forward in life,” she told the news agency the night before the show.

 

Since Qureshi was attacked by her brother-in-law in 2014, pinned down by his friends and her face doused in acid, she has become the face of a campaign to end the open sale of acid in India.

“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 told the news agency.

“People have a tendency to look at acid attack survivors from one perspective and I don’t want them to look at them like that anymore,” she added.

 

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