Woman Who Lost an Eye Protecting Her Sister Is Set to Redefine NY Fashion Week

acid attack victim to model NYFWIt's the dream of many young women to rock the catwalk at New York Fashion Week, but for one 19-year-old from Northern India, being selected is beyond anything she probably could have ever imagined. You see, Reshma Bano is missing her left eye, and much of her face is disfigured, as a result of being attacked with sulfuric acid two years ago as she shielded her sister from her violent, estranged husband.

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Fashion production firm FTL Moda selected Bano, the face of the #EndAcidSale movement for the New Delhi–based nonprofit Make Love Not Scars, and when the young woman -- who has never left India -- learned the news, she was rightfully emotional. 

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As she cradles her head in her hands, you realize just how astounding this news must feel to her. Not only will she have a chance to see a new country, but she has been recognized for her inner beauty and her bravery, which are more stunning than high cheekbones and flawless skin any day.

This invitation comes as a light at the end of a very long, dark road for Bano. After she and her sister were attacked while on their way to an exam center, the young woman underwent months of multiple skin graft surgeries. Understandably, she suffered from depression following all that she'd been through. Being chosen to represent this company will hopefully remind her just how beautiful she truly is.

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Imagine what courage it takes your average model to get up there and work the runway? But that shouldn't be a problem for Bano, who has already proven her incredible bravery. Still, the teen is nobly viewing it as an opportunity to raise awareness of the unregulated sale of acid in India and other parts of the world.

It's so heartening to see that the definition of what is considered beautiful is changing and Fashion Week is celebrating the inner loveliness so many possess that, sadly, goes unnoticed far too frequently.  

 

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