In a historic event for both the worlds of fashion and women’s rights – acid attack survivor, Reshma Quereshi from India, aged 19, will be walking the ramp on the 8th of September at New York Fashion Week.
Reshma is just one of the thousands of women who are attacked with acid by men in India every year – for defying or rejecting their advances. She was attacked with acid by her own brother-in-law and ever since, it’s been a journey filled with trials, tribulations, rediscovering self belief and confidence. Aiding Reshma on this journey has been Make Love Not Scars (MLNS), a non-profit that works with acid attack survivors for their rehabilitation.
“Models the world over count their careers made once they have walked the renowned New York Fashion Week ramp, these women are perfect from every angle. The fact that Reshma will be joining their league this year will have society questioning their idea of “perfect”. It will start a much- needed dialogue on what beauty should be judged by and I’m hoping the only answer to that will be courage and strength. Reshma walking the ramp will also shed light on how other countries are working towards spreading acceptance for the survivors of such horrific crimes and should be a wake up call for India to implement the same [..]” said MLNS Founder and president Ria Sharma.
Fashion week production company FTL MODA and Global Disability Inclusion are activating a powerful movement called #TakeBeautyBack, in partnership with Fashion Week Online to bring together professionals working at the highest levels of the fashion industry worldwide in support of this amazing initiative. A touching and powerful campaign shooting will be produced in the days prior to fashion week and effectively promoted all around the globe, so that #TakeBeautyBack can reach every corner of those areas that are fighting to end acid attacks.
“[..] We want to give a voice to these amazing women, who have been silently suffering, hiding, and too often depriving themselves of the opportunity to declare how cruelly they have been attacked.” says Ilaria Niccolini, Producer, FTL Moda.
Meg O’Connell, CEO of Global Disability Inclusion adds, “We are calling on women and men all over the world, beloved stars of the music and entertainment industries, to join the movement, make their voice heard, to help stop this inhuman practice.”
When the team at MLNS informed Reshma of her participation at NYFW, she was thrilled beyond words. Here’s her priceless reaction, captured on video:
To become involved and to support the #TakeBeautyBack movement, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org