INDIAN ACID ATTACK SURVIVOR GRACES NY CATWALK|印度毀容少女 紐約伸展台自信走秀

On Sep. 8, a 19-year-old Indian woman whose face was brutally disfigured in an acid attack, took to the catwalk in New York to open a fashion show in her first trip abroad. The show is to promote a ban on the sale of cheap and easily accessible acids, that has been used to hurt thousands of women and children each year. She hopes to redefine beauty, change people's perception of acid attack survivors, and also to inspire other survivors. A smiling 19-year-old Reshma Quereshi, opened the FTL Moda show on Thursday Sep. 8 to applause in a long-sleeve, white gown with embroidered appliqués by well-known Indian designer Archana Kochhar during her first trip to the United States. The buzz and glamour of the event was a world away from Allahabad, India, where she suffered severe facial burns two years ago after being attacked with sulfuric acid by her estranged brother-in-law and two men. Her features were horribly damaged and she lost one eye, but Qureshi has been determined to build a life for herself. ==RESHMA QUERESHI, Acid Attack Victim== I want to show people that there is nothing in a face. Even though I look like this I can do things and I can be a model. That is why I decided to do this. Quereshi hopes her turn on the catwalk will inspire hope and confidence in other acid attack survivors and spur countries to regulate the sale of cheap and easily available acids. Head designer of FTL Moda, Bruno Jeyson, explained that Quereshi fits this season's theme perfectly. ==BRUNO JEYSON, Head designer of FTL Moda== So the whole concept is to take beauty back, and we are trying to give beauty back to Reshma. And we are very excited to have her walk for us. India has the highest number of recorded attacks, which are often a form of revenge by jilted husbands or rejected suitors. The London-based charity Acid Survivors Trust International estimates there are 500 to 1,000 acid attacks each year in India. The real number could be many times higher. However, experts say that it is a global phenomenon that occurs in countries ranging from Afghanistan and Iran to Nigeria and Colombia. TRANSLATED BY:JESSICA OY

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