Beauty is a combination of qualities that pleases the aesthetic senses. This photo essay attempts to shatter the myth of beauty that is represented and manufactured by the mainstream media, an attempt to envision the quote “beauty isn’t skin deep.”

It features Ritu who works for a Cafe called ‘Sheroes Hangout’ which is managed by acid attack survivors in Agra. For a lot of acid attack survivors it is hard to find the courage to come out in the open, but Ritu is different. She is someone who loves to shop and used to be a national volley ball player. She has a very infectious smile, is extremely bubbly and talkative. These photographs are an attempt to capture her vivacious spirit and ability to enliven any situation.

Ritu at Sheroes Hangout.
Ritu at Sheroes Hangout.
Ritu at Sheroes Hangout
There is in true beauty, as in courage, something which narrow souls cannot dare to admire. – William Congreve
Ritu at Sheroes Hangout
She refused to fit into the cultural stereotypes to fit this myth of beauty maybe that’s why she smiled when I captured this.
Ritu at Sheroes Hangout
Didn’t feel the need to caption this. The photo says it all.
Ritu at Sheroes Hangout
She wins who calls herself beautiful and challenges the world to change to truly see her. -Naomi Wolf
Hanging on a wall I hear two portraits conversing
Hanging on a wall I hear two portraits conversing, As they wait to be judged by everyone around. As beauty steps out of the frames, no longer hiding, Their voices resonate and leave the world spell bound.

Featured Image Credit: Alexsandro Palombo

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