True Beauty Is Absolutely Fearless
Laxmi Saa, an acid attack survivor is becoming famous in India’s fashion world not only for her unique beauty, but for the boldness she inspires in other women to stand up for their rights. A growing beacon of courage, she is quickly becoming known as one of India’s strongest women and feminists.
Saa — her chosen surname — is synonymous with the cause she represents, Stop Acid Attacks, a cause she’s been working on since she became a victim of the gruesome act over 10 years ago. But rather than let her attacker shut her down as a woman, Laxmi’s continued to raise her voice louder, and is striving to make some big changes to save other women from suffering the same fate.
Laxmi was recently picked up by Indian sari retailer Viva N Diva as a part of their “Face of Courage” campaign…
Laxmi’s story is like many others…
Saa was only 15 years old when she had acid thrown on her face. The reason? She declined to marry an older man, and this was his acceptable mode of revenge.
But Laxmi decided something needed to be done to stop it from happening to others.
Now 26 years old, Laxmi is an active campaigner with Stop Acid Attacks and through her directorship of the Chhanv Foundation, an NGO dedicated to helping other survivors of acid attacks in India, she has used her story to help advocate against the heinous act. Laxmi gathered over 27,000 signatures for a petition to stop acid sales, which helped to take the case to the Indian Supreme Court who ordered the state governments to begin regulating the sale of acid and Parliament to make it easier to prosecute acid attackers.