Indian acid attack survivors sparkle at fashion show to spotlight equality

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Acid attack survivors pose during a fashion show to mark International Women's Day in Thane on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, March 7, 2018. (Reuters)
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Acid attack survivors walk on the runway during a fashion show to mark International Women's Day in Thane on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, March 7, 2018. (Reuters)
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Indian acid attack survivors walk during a fashion show as part of a campaign to spread the message 'Stop Acid Sale', in Thane on March 7, 2018, ahead of International Women's Day.(AFP)
Updated 08 March 2018
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Indian acid attack survivors sparkle at fashion show to spotlight equality

MUMBAI: Sparkling in shades of green, pink and peach, Indian women survivors of acid attacks walked the ramp at a fashion show to boost awareness about violence against women.
Scarred faces held high, 11 members of a non-profit group showcased colorful Indian and Western garments, spoke about confidence and posed for photographs on Wednesday, a day ahead of International Women’s Day.
Laxmi, attacked in 2005 at the age of 15 by a 32-year-old man whose marriage proposal she rejected, was the showstopper of the event, held near India’s financial capital of Mumbai.
“I swept aside notions about the face, which society spoke of, and moved forward in life,” said Laxmi, whose plea against acid attacks prompted India’s Supreme Court to order regulations on the sale of acid in 2013.
“We don’t want respect, we want equality.”
More than two-thirds of the 1,500 acid attacks worldwide each year are estimated to take place in India, many by enraged family members or jilted partners.
Few victims report the attacks, for fear of reprisals by abusers, even though the resulting disfigurement often brings isolation and rejection.
“What others think about us does not have relevance, what we think about ourselves is only what matters,” said one participant, Deepmala Tiwary, an attack survivor and member of the nonprofit Acid Survivors and Women Welfare Foundation.


Walk like an Egyptian: Chanel sends models down the runway in Egypt-inspired looks

Models hit the runway in Ancient Egypt-inspired looks. (AFP)
Updated 08 December 2018
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Walk like an Egyptian: Chanel sends models down the runway in Egypt-inspired looks

DUBAI: Models hit the runway in Ancient Egypt-inspired looks as Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld took his traveling fashion show to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art last week. Here are six looks from the show we loved.
Going for gold
Gold shimmered all over the runway, as models strolled past the floodlit temple in everything from gold thigh-high boots to gold brimmed hats to glistening dresses with golden feather adornments, to shoulder-length gold earrings.

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Catwalk celebs
A celebrity even walked the runway: Pharrell Williams wore a very Egyptian-looking gold mesh top adorned with designs resembling a wide, jeweled Egyptian necklace and shiny gold pants.

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Denim darlings
There was also some distressed denim, and definitely some tweed, but shiny gold was the order of the day.

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Mosaic madness
One particularly stunning shoulderless gown looked like an Egyptian mosaic, with interlocking tiles in the Egyptian color palette of light and dark blues, red, and of course, gold.

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Egyptian sunset
Hieroglyph-inspired knitwear in bold shades and metallic trousers, which evoked the colors of a sunset over the Nile, also made an appearance on the runway.

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Heat wave
The stiff ensemble radiated the heat of a hot, dusty Egyptian day with searing orange and electric yellow shades.

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