Inspirational acid attack survivors own the catwalk ahead of London Fashion Week


London Fashion Week is a clothing trade show held in London twice each year in the month of February and September. It was first took place in 1984. It is organised by British Fashion Council for the London Development Agency with help from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Currently, it is being sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and Toni & Guy. 

This time during September, the London Fashion Week came as a surprise to everyone’s expectation. The crowd of 5000+ people got excited on seeing the catwalk by Adele Bellis with Laxmi at the show in the Waldorf hotel, central London. 

Laxmi, the 26-year-old native of Delhi walked the ramp for a charity event in London on Monday along with Adele Bellis, a 24-year-old from Suffolk in the UK.

Adele, 24, was attacked by her ex-boyfriend while waiting for a bus, while Laxmi who has since become a creative activist was attacked as a 15-year-old when she rejected the proposal of a 32-year-old man. 

They joined models on the runway wearing clothes from British Asian designer Raishma and shoe designer Lucy Choi ahead of London Fashion Week. 

“The fashion show on Monday was themed ‘Rise on the Runway’. The ramp walk organised by GMSP Foundation London was for raising awareness about violence against women,” said Vasini Sharma, a member of the Stop Acid Attack campaign and an official at the Sheroes Hangout in Lucknow. 

Laxmi has travelled to London with her partner and fellow anti-acid attack campaigner, Alok Dixit, and their 17-month-old daughter, She. Laxmi says having a family like this is something she thought would be impossible

Laxmi’s association with the international fashion world is not new. She is the brand ambassador of Viva and Diva and she first walked the ramp at HT Woman Award function in 2013.

Truly inspirational to see.

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