When Anmol Rodriguez was two months old, her father attempted to kill her by pouring acid on her. Anmol had to undergo many medical surgeries, during which she lost an eye and had her face damaged. Despite a difficult past, she has done everything she can to improve her situation.
Anmol Rodriguez, two months old, was being breastfed by her mother when her father, enraged at his wife for having a daughter, assaulted them with acid. Rodriguez’s opportunity for a normal existence was shattered when her mother died, and her father was sentenced to prison.
She is now on a mission to assist people in her situation. Today, this acid attack victim is a self-assured lady who is an inspiration to brands like Clovia and aspires to be an actress in the future.
Despite his difficult history, the 23-year-old is now offering an example of how, if one truly wants to, one can overcome all obstacles. She also formed the Acid Attack Survivor Sahas Foundation with the goal of being the first commercial acid attack survivor model. Her non-profit focuses on giving counselling and job possibilities to acid attack survivors, allowing them to meet their basic necessities. It also assists kids in receiving a proper education and develops their emotional strength.
Success on social media and in the film industry
Anmol has over one lakh followers on Instagram, making her a fashion icon. With 122k Instagram followers and a posse of fans from all over the world, the 25-year-old is now a social media influencer and model. She’s worked with a variety of brands, walked the runway for a number of fashion shows, and even co-starred in a short film with Shabana Azmi called Aunty Ji (2018), which earned her the ‘Best Performance Female’ award at the Casttree Film Festival in 2018.
But all of this success and acclaim did not come easily.
Her Struggle as a Child
Anmol, who was raised in a Mumbai orphanage, struggled to make friends and socializ-e with her peers. She never understood why she appeared different from the other patients at the hospital when she was young. When she arrived at the orphanage, however, she noticed that the other children were not like her. While no one disliked her, they were initially scared by her appearance. She gradually gained a large number of friends as she grew older. It was always difficult outside of the orphanage.
Her Struggle in College and at Work
Rodriguez’s outlook shifted dramatically after she enrolled at Mumbai’s SNDT Women’s University. Her 15-minute stroll from home to the college campus was marked by unflattering looks and chattering passers-by. On a typical day at university, she would attend all of her lectures while her colleagues ‘bunked’ them to go to cafés and hide at home after hours.
Rodriguez, on the other hand, intended to fully immerse himself in college life, including the associated disobedience. Her inability to do so prompted her to become depressed, and she eventually dropped out. Rodriguez was soon tutored at home by a tutor, which provided good reinforcement. Her tutor taught her to concentrate on herself and her goals, as well as assisting her in graduating from university and finding work.
Rodriguez was dismissed two months into her first job as a software developer for distracting her coworkers. She was told one day, for no apparent reason, that she was no longer required to report to work. It was only later that she realised it was due to her appearance. So she was forced to resign from her job due to workplace discrimination.
The Next Step
Something inside Rodriguez genuinely altered at that point, and she chose to take charge of her situation. Rodriguez gained agency in a truly democratic medium––social media––rather than being a passive victim of her circumstances. She was the first acid attack survivor to upload images to social media. Facebook was the most popular tool at the time. Her pals initially believed it was a bad idea since they thought people would troll her. Instead, it elicited her gratitude and good answers. Brands and designers began to notice her and approached her for appearances and modelling jobs. Instagram eventually joined the picture, and she began her career as an influencer.
She primarily posts unedited content in order to challenge the idea that one should only portray their most refined or beautiful self on social media. People do troll her and leave harsh remarks on her Facebook page. But she’s always aware that she’s in a virtual realm, so she doesn’t take things seriously. Her ideal society is one in which both men and women are unafraid of their physical flaws and show their most confident selves to the world alongside, not in spite of, those flaws. Her next stop will be international beauty partnerships, as she believes it is past time for the beauty business to embrace inclusion in order to support abuse victims.
Her Interest in Fashion
Anmol made a name for herself in college for her keen sense of style. While still in college, she used her passion for modelling to model for a few Instagram pages and YouTube channels. She recently made her acting debut in a short film.
She wants to be the first commercial acid attack survivor model who not only promotes fashion but also raises awareness about the fact that acid does not kill people.
Her Spirit and Positive Attitude
Anmol believes that acid can only alter our appearance but not our soul. “We are all the same on the inside, and we should embrace who we are and enjoy our lives”, she says.
When asked to define herself using three words, she said she is cheerful, optimistic, and confident. Cheerful because she is always smiling, even in situations that aren’t pleasant. Optimistic because of her positive outlook towards life, and confident because she is self-assured that she can conquer the world.