New York Fashion Week has officially started and there has already been a few amazing moments. One of the most powerful being when acid attack survivor Reshma Bano Qureshi made her runway debut.
The 19-year-old from India was recently surprised by Make Love Not Scars, an organization that helps acid attack survivors, with the news that she would be appearing in the FTL Moda show.
Prior to the trip, she had never been out of India.
Fast forward a few days later, and Qureshi walked down the runway in New York modeling clothes from Indian designer Archanna Kochhar.
Casting Qureshi for the runway show helps to expand our definition of what runway models look like.
Qureshi told Reuters through a translator about how thrilling the trip was and how she hopes her appearance on the runway will change regulations about acids,
"No one else understands what an acid attack is except the survivors themselves. I do not want this to happen to anyone else."
We may think that NYFW is about the clothes and beauty looks, but the runway shows can help bring visibility to critical issues. Qureshi's appearance in the FTL Moda show did that, and it will hopefully help shape future laws to protect people from acid attacks.