Earlier this week, eight acid attacks survivors walked down the runway in a London fashion show called the Survivors Runway.
The men and women who participated in the show have never left their home country until now.
They were flown to the U.K. from Bangladesh to take part in the fashion show launched by the charity ActionAid.
The reason behind the show was to bring attention to the brutality of acid attacks and violence against both women and girls. And that charities like ActionAid are doing whatever they can to bring an end to such horrible acts.
The survivors’ stories are harrowing.
One of the models named Jasmen, who is now 30, years old, was attacked with acid at the age of 16 by an older, male family friend.
The reason for his attack was because he believed that, if attacked, she would become vulnerable and her family would be more likely to approve of him marrying her.
Another woman, Nurun Nahar, who is now 35 years old, was attacked in 1995 by her ex-husband.
The reason behind her attacked was because she refused to go home with his new wife. Nahar had to walk almost a mile to seek treatment and when she finally did, she was hospitalized for two months.
Supported by the male survivors, initially the women were nervous to walk down the runway but as soon as the music turned up, even the audience danced down the runway.
The models wore vibrant colored outfits created by designer and former model Bibi Russell.
“I like to break the social stigma that’s attached to acid survivors. There is inner beauty too. Your face or body may be burnt but not your mind. You can still carry on and do what you want in life. I want to set an example of moving forward with good thinking and ask others to recognize what we are doing and not feel sorry for us.”
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