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19-Year-Old Acid Burn Victim to Walk Runway at New York Fashion Week


Two years ago, a 17-year-old Reshma Quereshi, an Indian girl dreamed of finishing school and getting a good job. But a brutal attack originally meant for her sister, changed the course of her life. Quereshi will open for Mumbai-based designer Archana Kochhar, FTL Moda President Llaria Niccolini told. The merging of Quereshi’s and Kochhar’s worlds is significant because Kochhar’s colorful, trendy designs represent luxury and decadence, while Quereshi grew up in a “very poor” area of India, Niccolini said. Quereshi may close the show as well.


During the evening show, Quereshi will walk for Vaishali Couture, which is considered one of the most significant fashion lines in India for its bespoke designs, Niccolini said. It is not clear exactly what Quereshi will wear while walking the runway, but the outfit will undoubtedly be “special,” Niccolini said.

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