Acid attack victim walks the ramp at New York Fashion Week

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19-year-old Reshma Qureshi modelled Indian designer Archana Kochchar’s creations. 

On the first day of the New York Fashion Week, one model in particular captured the attention  of the audience. Reshma Qureshi, who made her runway debut on Thursday, survived an acid attack in India that blinded one of her eyes and disfigured her face two years ago.

“I feel really good and the experience was great,” the 19-year-old from Mumbai said through an interpreter. For her first stint on the catwalk, she was in a “stunning cream and floral floor-length gown” designed by Archana Kochhar, an Indian designer.

“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

This was not Qureshi’s first time standing up as a survivor of acid attacks. She has been making beauty-advice videos on YouTube, which last year doubled as a public-service announcement for an effort in India to stop acid from being available for sale in the open market.

Acid attacks, targeting women and children in particular, are still rampant in some parts of the world.

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

Actress Sunny Leone was also part of  Archana Kochhar modelling brigade. She became the first Bollywood actress to take to the prestigious New York Fashion Week.

Over the years, more and more Indian designers have been showcasing their creations on the global stage and wowing fashion critics and enthusiasts alike. This time around, designer Archana Kochhar brought in an element of Indian beauty to the ramp as well with Sunny Leone and acid attack survivor Reshma Quereshi.

The collection, called A Tale of Two Travels, is inspired by the breathtaking monument of love, the Taj Mahal, along with the rich, buoyant colours of magnificent India representative of the village of Banjara tribals, the designer had explained in a statement before the show. The prints evoked not only the Taj Mahal but the lotus flower and royal elephants.

Silhouettes included bellbottom trousers, cropped tops, capes, and jumpsuits. To offset the colorful embroidery there was a lot of ivory – evoking the ivory marble of the Taj Mahal. – CINEWS

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