Indian acid attack survivor Reshma Qureshi walked the ramp at the New York Fashion Week on Thursday. In a white, floor-length gown – an Archana Kochhar creation – the 19-year-old was welcomed on the runway with a round of cheers and loud applause from the audience.

"People have a tendency to look at acid attack survivors from one perspective...I want to tell the world – do not see us in weak light; see that even we can go out and do things," she told AFP.

Qureshi, who has been campaigning to end the open sale of acid in India, was invited by FTL Moda, a fashion production house that challenges stereotypical notions of beauty. Last year, it had invited a person with Down's Syndrome to walk the ramp.

Reshma Qureshi with actor Sunny Leone, who also walked the ramp for Archana Kochhar (Photo: Facebook/Archana Kochhar)
Reshma Qureshi with makeup artists backstage (Photo: Facebook/Archana Kochhar)
Reshma Qureshi makes her debut at the New York Fashion Week (Photo: PTI)

The Mumbai resident was attacked by her brother-in-law and his friends in 2004. The acid was poured onto her face from a cheap plastic bottle even as she struggled and fought against the attackers. Qureshi lost an eye in the incident, and her face was left disfigured.

A photograph of Reshma Qureshi before the attack (Photo: AFP/Indranil Mukherjee)
Tears roll down her cheek as she recalls the horror she went through (Photo: AFP/Indranil Mukherjee)