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An Indian Acid Attack Survivor Just Walked The Runway At New York Fashion Week

Reshma Qureshi was attacked with concentrated sulfuric acid in May 2014.

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Reshma Qureshi was attacked by her brother-in-law, who doused her with concentrated sulfuric acid. Her eyes were permanently damaged, and part of her face was disfigured.

Since the attack, the model has been working with Make Love Not Scars, a nonprofit that helps with the rehabilitation of acid attack survivors.

Last month, the organization shared an emotional video of Qureshi receiving the news that she would walk during New York Fashion Week.

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Qureshi was invited by fashion week producer FTL Moda as part of its #TakeBackBeauty campaign.

“This is my first time in New York and I’m very excited,” she told The Independent. “I think it’s important that people hear the story about the survivors of acid attacks and to know they can lead normal lives.”

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Mary Ann Georgantopoulos is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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