Recently, Reshma Quereshi wooed everyone at the New York Fashion Week when she walked the ramp for designer Archana Kochhar. Now, another acid attack surviour Laxmi impressed all when she walked the runway in London for a charity event. Laxmi’s partner Alok and her daughter Pihu accompanied her for the show. She is also set to grace the ramp at the prestigious London Fashion Week (LFW) to be held from September 16 to 20.
On September 12, Laxmi along with another acid attack surviour from the United Kingdom, Adele Bellis, walked the ramp at British Asian Trust charity fashion show to raise awareness about atrocities against women. Organised by private family-run charity GMSP and British Asian Trust, the event launched the ‘Give A Girl A Future’ campaign, which will support some of the poorest people in South Asian countries. The 26-year-old social activist and founder of the NGO ‘Stop Acid Attacks’, was attacked with acid when she was just 15.
24-year-old Adele Bellis was attacked by her boyfriend in 2014, permanently damaging one of her ears. The duo walked for designer Raishma who said she was honoured and privileged to have supported a charity that “improves the lives of vulnerable girls, women and their families in South Asia” according to a report by Mashable.
Laxmi’s association with the international fashion world is not new. She is the brand ambassador of Viva and Diva and she first walked the ramp at HT Woman Award function in 2013.
According to a Times of India report Laxmi said, “When I was asked to say something on the ramp, I asked people, ‘Is beauty defined just by how you look?’ I don’t think so. Beauty is what you are within. That is one message that I wanted to share with everyone. Years ago, someone destroyed my face, thinking that my life will be ruined. Because in our society, it is important for a girl to be pretty. I decided to break the notion and move on, and do things that I would have done (anyway). I feel glad that I got an opportunity to be on a platform where I can share my thoughts with so many women across the world.”
For her efforts, in 2014, she received the International Women of Courage Award from US First lady Michelle Obama for successfully leading the campaign against acid attacks on women in India.
Surely these ladies are winning hearts, making statements and changing how beauty and fashion is perceived in the world.