Not usually, but once in a while, fashion can be empowering for women. Reshma Qureshi, a 19-year-old woman from India who survived an acid attack that severely damaged her face, walked the runway at New York Fashion Week yesterday. And it was awesome.
Here's a video of Qureshi opening the show of Indian fashion designer Archana Kochhar:
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"This walk was important to me because there are so many girls like me who are survivors of acid attacks, and this will give them courage," Qureshi told the Associated Press. "And it will also go to show people who judge people based on their appearance that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover — you should look at everyone though the same eyes."
Last year, Qureshi became a poster woman for awareness about the problem of acid attacks in India when her video, "Beauty Tips by Reshma," went viral. “You’ll easily find a red lipstick in the market, just like concentrated acid,” she says in the video.