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Katie Piper On Shaking Up The Beauty Industry, Overcoming Adversity
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'Inclusive beauty is about seeing a full representation of society.
 
 
I'm a big believer in that - you can't be what you don't see,' says TV presenter, author and philanthropist Katie Piper.
Piper was working as a model and TV presenter when she survived an acid attack in 2008.
Piper's career blossomed in the wake of the attack, and she says that the beauty industry is slowly starting to learn the lessons of inclusion.

Piper says that she hopes that inclusive beauty - something that's so important to her - will simply become normal within the next decade

Piper says, 'I was born able bodied without any visible difference until my twenties.
 
 
 
 
So I had the experience of living both lives. When you do become part of that minority, you become acutely aware that you're never sold to, you're never targeted by the beauty industry and advertising.
'I have noticed in the last five or six years a dramatic increase in representation. There has been a positive change, a different use of language, and different marketing styles, which is fantastic.'
'You are OK as you are - that's enough'
After starring in an advertising campaign Piper says that people came up to her in the streets and thanked her - including men and even pensioners, and that's really meaningful to her.
Piper says, 'It's not about them wanting to see a burn survivor on telly.
 
 
 
 
It's about them wanting to see something that says, 'You are okay as you are.'
'Normally you see really airbrushed, glossy models with no pores in their skin. They're just so happy to see authenticity, and reality. I think that speaks to everybody.'
Piper says that she hopes that inclusive beauty - something that's so important to her - will simply become normal within the next decade.


In 2010, Katie Piper founded the Katie Piper Foundation, a charity which helps burn survivors recover

She says, 'Less and less companies are showing such a polished image, which is great.
 
 
 
 
I think it's about breaking down taboos and shame, particularly for women, who are now seeing more representative models.
'This move towards greater inclusion will go on until it's not shocking, or brave, or inspiring - it's normalised.
 
 
 
 
Hopefully in ten years you won't even need to have a conversation about it.'
'Inspiration is all around'
In 2010, Katie Piper founded the Katie Piper Foundation, a charity which helps burn survivors recover.
Piper says that overcoming adversity always takes work.
 
 
 
 
She says, 'Many people can feel lonely and isolated when trying to overcome problems and better themselves.
'In this day and age where a lot of us brag online and portray a perfect life, people may feel like they don't have the support network to help face adversity.
 
 
I would say to those people - inspiration is all around.'
She believes that surviving trauma can actually inspire survivors to go on and achieve things they never would have before, and says that working for the charity is one of the ways she feels her time is most well spent.
'It's my passion: I don't even see it as giving back - it just makes sense to do it,' says Katie Piper of her work with the Katie Piper Foundation, the charity she set up in 2010, which aims to help and rehabilitate burns survivors.

Katie believes that surviving trauma can actually inspire survivors to go on and Вся манга онлайн achieve things they never would have before

She says, 'We also have a rehab centre up north in St Helens, where we take patients from the NHS.
'I genuinely believe that although trauma is a part of life, it doesn't need to be a life sentence,' Piper says.
'There's a fulfilling element to the charity.
 
 
 
 
It sort of restores your faith in society and does give you hope for the future.
'Many of us survivors don't just go on to rebuild some kind of acceptable life, they go on to become CEOs of businesses, get married, have children, you know, travel around the world speaking about their own stories.
'So it doesn't limit them.
 
 
If anything, sometimes it helps them find a whole new life that they were missing out on pre-injury.'
'That is our uniqueness'

'Spending my time helping to create a world where everyone's unique beauty is celebrated - that's truly priceless to me,' says Katie

Piper says that she takes effort to ensure her children (Belle Elizabeth, 7, and Penelope Diane, 4) have a positive body image.
'My children are mixed-race so have a different hair type to me.
 
 
 
 
We are very careful in my household about celebrating differences, and ensuring they know to celebrate how amazing their hair is.
'I make an effort to have a variety of diverse literature and comics and things that show them all representation, because they can't always see themselves within me.
 
 
And actually, that's quite incredible. That's our uniqueness.'
'I take joy from it'
Katie Piper says that she can take up to two hours to do her make-up, due to being blind in one eye - and admits that she is a 'beauty junkie'.
She admits that all her beauty products probably amount to hundreds of pounds, and she doesn't mind spending more on quality products.
She says, 'It takes a while, so I have to have a podcast on while I'm doing it.
 
 
 
 
My background originally was as a beauty therapist. So I have this knowledge of it.
'I love expressing my identity through beauty tools and products and makeup.I take joy from it.
'With my skincare, I am very strict.
 
 
I think some people might think, 'Oh that's a lot of products,' but I'll use several cleansers, moisturisers, serums and toners. I'm very strict with sun protection: SPF 50 all year round!
'Spending my time helping to create a world where everyone's unique beauty is celebrated - that's truly priceless to me.'

 
 
 
 

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