Marie Claire has introduced us to Reshma, who is without question one of the most inspiring beauty bloggers ever. She’s an acid-attack survivor who bravely decided to post a “beauty tutorial” that sends the world an important message about the effort to ban the sale of over-the-counter concentrated acid in India.
In one of her videos, Reshma meticulously applies eyeliner to her one remaining eye. Toward the video’s conclusion, she boldly states her most important insight: People can buy an eyeliner in India for 100 rupees (close to $1.50), and they can also buy concentrated acid for the same cost. “That is the reason why every day a girl becomes a victim of an acid attack,” explains Reshma. She then urges viewers to sign Make Love Not Scar’s petition to ban the sale of acid. Can you imagine a more powerful “tutorial”?
According to the organization’s petition letter, acid attacks are a form of gender-based violence, with women accounting for nearly 90 percent of the victims. India has seen about 1,000 acid attacks a year; the frequency has increased 250 percent from 2012 to 2014. Watch Resma’s powerful video below, and sign Make Love Not Scar’s petition here.