Fashion Shows

Acid victims redefine beauty in Bangladesh fashion show

Teen model Shonali Khatun strutted the catwalk as the audience cheered and clapped for a fashion show held in the capital of Bangladesh.

But Khatun is no ordinary model, and this was no ordinary show.

She and the 14 other models are survivors of acid attacks, common in this South Asian country where spurned lovers or disgruntled family members will resort to hurling skin-burning acid at their victims. The unusual fashion show held Tuesday night in Dhaka, and attended by fashion lovers as well as diplomats including the U.S. envoy, aimed to redefine the notion of beauty while calling attention to the menace of such attacks.

For 14-year-old Khatun, the event was nothing...

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