They have spent years hiding their faces in shame. But united, they bravely stepped forward for an empowering fashion shoot. Rupa, Rita, Sonam, Laxmi and Chanchal are survivors of horrendous acid attacks, which have become very common in their native India.
They wore clothes designed from a line called Rupa Designs — whose creator is one of the survivors. “I always wanted to be a designer but after the attack there was a pause in my life. I was so insecure and embarrassed by my scars, I used to cover my face with a scarf,” said Rupa, 22.
Rupa teamed up with Stop Acid Attacks, which works extensively with survivors, helping them back into society and to feel self-worth. Together, the group has created a project called Chhaon, a support center that gives acid attack survivors a clean, safe and comfortable environment while they receive medical aid. Chhaon has also become a meeting house where survivors chat, sing, dance and laugh.
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