Seventeen-year-old Reshma Banoo Qureshi lost one eye when her disgruntled brother-in-law threw acid at her. Now 19-year-old Qureshi is gearing up to walk the ramp at the New York Fashion Week. The organisers are trying to raise awareness about seeking a ban on unregulated sale of acid.
Qureshi will walk the ramp in New York with a crew of supermodels from across the world. The face of the NGO Make Love Not Scars (MLNS) has been campaigning to put an end to sale of acid, and their campaign #EndAcidSale has been making waves on social media in her fight against the stereotypes imposed on acid attack victims, and changing the concept of beauty.
She appeared in a video last year, when she described the acid attack as an incident that ‘burnt everything away along with her face’.
However, she has come a long way from there. Recently, in an interview to the Hindustan Times, Qureshi said, “Today I realise that beauty is not just about how we look in the mirror. Dil khoobsurat hona zyada zaruri hai. (It’s more important to have a beautiful heart).”