There has always been that social stigma about how people perceive beauty. Oftentimes, we are judged based on our physical attributes, not character. And although this seems like a lost case for some, one brave woman chose to stand her ground and gave a whole new meaning to what beauty really is.
Laxmi Saa, an acid attack survivor continues to defy the odds as she fights beauty standards and discrimination against women especially victims of acid attacks like herself. She was only 15 years old when her face was disfigured by a 32 year old man whom she refused to marry. But her ordeal did not end there. She had to undergo several medical treatments and surgeries too.
After almost a decade, she becomes an advocate for acid attack victims and the epitome of courage for many others. Laxmi also continues to prove that “beauty is only skin dip” when she become the new face of an Indian Fashion Brand Viva N Diva with a campaign called “Face of Courage” that suits her very well.
“I began showing my face gradually. Then other survivors saw that if I could do it, why couldn’t they?” she said.
“This opportunity to represent an apparel brand was a platform for me to set an example for women like me to be confident and have courage despite their physical appearances,” she told the BBC.
“People victimize acid attack survivors but I think we need to come out of this mindset.”
There are roughly 1000 victims of acid attacks in India every year who often face social and economic difficulties. Meanwhile, Laxmi’s
advocacy includes being against unregulated sale of acid and campaigning for harsher punishments for perpetrators of acid attacks.
“The whole idea was to challenge the widespread judgement of women on the basis of their beauty,” Aayushi Rastogi of Viva N Diva said.
“Earlier people did not want to see us, but now they want to meet us and take photographs with us,” she said.
“It will also change the attitude of criminals who realize that girls who’ve been attacked won’t just sit quietly within the confines of their homes.”
Watch the inspiring video below:
Credits: VivaNDiva Couture
Dine with a Giraffe at a Kenyan Manor
An awesome vacation involves a great place, warm people, and giraffe poking in at the window asking you for snacks while you sip coffee.
Located in Nairobi, Kenya is a small hotel, the Giraffe Manor. Guests get the chance to spend time with the endangered Rothschild giraffes that circle the entire estate. It's not every single day that you can actually live, walk and possibly dine with a giraffe so imagine the surprise it brings guests whenever a giraffe decides to drop by and say hello for breakfast.
The giraffes live in harmony with the guests in the Manor.
The Giraffe Manor was built in 1932, orginally as a home for Sir David Duncan. Now, the property serves as a tourist attraction and a conservation site for endangered species. This inconceivable place is now a beacon of hope for the Rothschild Giraffe that is nearing its extinction. The hotel sits on twelve acres of land with at least 140 acres of forest surrounding it.
How Easy it is To Make Someone’s Day Shown in This Powerful And Inspiring Video
This inspiring video about humanity is something to smile about today.
Despite every chaos and adversity happening around the world today it's amazing how simple and random acts of kindness continue to transcend all these negative things. There are countless ways to show kindness and be reminded of the goodness of humanity. Meanwhile, YouTuber Josh Paler Lin shows us exactly that in a social experiment he performed himself. In a powerful and inspiring video, Lin gives us an overview of how easy it is to make someone's day through simple acts of kindness.
A little good deed that can make a big difference in someone else's life.
It also depicts the challenges that people go through everyday and a little something to give them back and cheer them up. Kind acts like giving food to the homeless, paying for whoever is behind you in the drive thru or for a stranger who is having a rough week (and the list goes on). It doesn't always have to be a grand gesture but a deed done with the sincerest intention like paying it forward.
5 Ways to Snap Out of Those Monday Blues
Get out of the seasonal rut with these inspiring tips…
Mondays are the most depressing times of the week. Particularly the Mondays that occur in January, just after the holiday season.
Its those times you have to struggle to wake up in the freezing cold to go to back to work, thinking about all those New Year's resolutions you are likely to break, and panicked at the thought of all those credit card bills arriving from last month's Christmas expenses.
All these things running through your head during the "Blue Mondays" of January are likely to get you depressed as not. Here are five ways you can counter those blues:
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