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.


Bollywood star wears Reem Acra gown to Indian film awards

Updated 23 June 2018
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Bollywood star wears Reem Acra gown to Indian film awards

DUBAI: Indian singer and actress Shraddha Kapoor looked positively out of this world in a Reem Acra gown on the green carpet the opening ceremony of the International Indian Film Academy awards (IIFA) in Bangkok on Friday.
The rising Bollywood star chose a midnight blue, star-and-moon covered dress by the famed Lebanese designer and accented it with drop earrings by Deepa Gurnani.
Dressed by A-list stylist Tanya Ghavri, the “Ok Jaanu” actress sang the song “Galliya” at the opening press conference alongside actor Varun Dhawan.
“IIFA has always held a special place in my heart but that bond became even stronger after Wizcraft and IIFA offered me a chance to pay tribute to my father’s legacy through a special performance last year. I am very excited to put on an amazing show for everyone in Bangkok,” Dhawan said in a released statement.
For its 19th edition, organizers behind the award show hired out the 2,000-seater Siam Niramitand arena for three days of colorful celebrations.

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Bollywood legend Rekha is set to preform live on stage after 20 years as part of an extravaganza that seeks to raise awareness about women’s empowerment, gender equality and plastic pollution.
Rekha commented on the awards show in a released statement, saying: “Coming back to IIFA and performing on the grandest stage of all in the beautiful city of Bangkok feels ethereally wonderful. IIFA 2018 is going to be an unforgettable, magical and once-in-a-life time experience for Indian cinema fans worldwide.”
The show debuted in 2000 and has gone on to celebrate Indian cinema worldwide, with ceremonies being held in Colombo, Toronto, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Johannesburg, Amsterdam, Dubai and New York.
This year, Rekha will be joined on stage by a glittering line-up of performers, including Ranbir Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, Bobby Deol and Nushrat Bharucha.
In a released statement, Deol revealed that, despite his experience as one of the country’s most well-known actors, he still gets nervous.
“My IIFA experience has always been very special, right from my very first performance to sharing a stage with my family. I am super excited, a bit nervous to be back at the IIFA stage and to be performing.I hope the fans and the global audiences have fun.”
This year, the IIFA Foundation has collaborated with OSIANs auction house to showcase vintage cinema memorabilia at an exhibition at the Bangkok Marriott Marquis, Queens Park hotel from June 21 to June 23.
The event, India’s answer to the Cannes Film Festival, is set to run until June 24.