Indian acid survivor Laxmi will be the face of a fashion line

Acid attack survivor Laxmi (Facebook)

An Indian clothing brand has signed as its newest spokeswoman Laxmi, the Indian woman who survived an acid attack with severe scarring on her face and has since become a national symbol of survival in the country. Viva N Diva said it hoped to sign other acid attack victims, too, in the hopes of changing what it means to be a survivor. The fashion company said they hoped the campaign would allow survivors’ beauty to be seen.

Laxmi was attacked at the age of 16 by a man she turned down romantically, and became an outspoken critic of the country’s acid attack problem, asking the government to limit acid sales. She now works as a TV anchor as well.

“Such initiatives change mindset,” Laxmi told the Hindustan Times. “I am sure this initiative will also bring about a positive change.”

Read the full story at the Hindustan Times.


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