In 2014, 19-year-old Reshma Qureshi from Mumbai, India, had her life changed forever when her brother-in-law and his friends poured acid all over her face.
Reshma was at a friend’s house, when she was pinned down by her attackers.
The acid not only destroyed many of her facial features, but left her blind in one eye:
In the wake of the incident, Reshma was left extremely depressed and even contemplated suicide at times, according to India Today.
However, she soon found help from people running a charity organization called Make Love Not Scars, whose goal is to end the open sale of acid.
This support system not only stopped Reshma from wanting to end her life but gave her hope for a bright future.
And now Reshma is getting the chance that few will ever have:
The acid attack survivor who is heading to the New York catwalk.
Posted by BBC News on Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Reshma will be joining the creme de la creme of the fashion and modeling industry in New York Fashion Week. Fashion production company FTL Moda invited her to walk the runway on Thursday, September 8th, according to reports from the BBC.
This is not the first time FTL Moda has broken barriers. The company also turned heads when they invited model Madeline Stuart, an Australian teenager with Down syndrome, to walk the runway:
The London-based charity Acid Survivors Trust International is hoping Reshma’s catwalk will continue to raise awareness for acid victims.
The charity estimates that there are 500 to 1,000 acid attacks each year in India alone.
Check out the moment Reshma found out she would be leaving India for the first time to head to New York:
We’ll be cheering for you, Reshma!