Yes fashion week just ended and there is so much to say about the fashion but the real credit goes not to the designers but to the amazing 19 year old who is using her pain to drive her passion to #endacidsale. We love when women use their beauty and power for good and we especially like it when they are this brave and courageous to walk it out on the runway.
Qureshi was 17-years-old when her brother-in-law attacked her with acid, disfiguring her face and body. She even lost one of her eyes.
Acid attacks is defined as the act of throwing acid or a similarly corrosive substance onto the body of another “with the intention to disfigure, maize, torture of kill” and they are reported in many parts of the world including Europe but are predominant in South Asia and the Middle East.
But despite all of this, Qureshi has refused to hide behind closed doors. She is making an impact on social media and billboards in India with powerful statements such as: “Why is a litre of concentrated acid sold cheaper than a 9ml eyeliner?”
She is supporting Make Love Not Scars but the incredible work she is doing by using her attack to say “I will not hide I am still beautiful” her desire to end the violence is astounding.
“I want to tell the world — do not see us in a weak light and see that even we can go out and do things,” says the teenager “People have a tendency to look at acid attack survivors from one perspective and I don’t want them to look at them like that anymore.”
One persons pain and tragedy can turn into a movement for good to stop selling acid in India. Many of the women we work with producing our Bajalia products have experienced extreme violence some even acid attacks as well. We celebrate this woman who speaks for all of them as well. We’re thinking major girl crush?