Labonya shows scars are beautiful

Labonya Siddiqui Photo:

Labonya Siddiqui, 21, suffered 40 per cent burns when she was eight. They were caused by a kerosene lantern exploding in her face. For most of her life, she has kept them hidden. She even had to deal with bullies at school.

But now, she is appearing in magazines and brochures.

“I never imagined for one moment that I would ever become a model,” she said.

“At school, I was mercilessly bullied because of my burns and one day I was cornered by three or four girls who kicked and punched me, calling me ‘hideous’ and ‘minging’.

"I didn’t think I’d ever get over that but I have. By modelling, I’m changing people’s attitudes to beauty.”

Raised in Bangladesh, Labonya’s life changed when a power cut struck in Dhaka, the capital city where they lived.

One night she played with a match while a lantern was refilled with kerosene.

It was then she suffered her burns. But now she says she hopes other survivors will see her photos and realise there is nothing wrong with them.