“I see my scars as part of me them and I don't feel self-con­scious”

EXCLUSIVE IN­TER­VIEW Eight years on from her dev­as­tat­ing acid at­tack, Katie Piper re­veals why she feels

No. 1 Magazine - - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -

It’s easy to get so caught up in our own lives that we for­get what those around us are deal­ing with every day. But when No.1 chat­ted to Katie Piper, it was a real re­minder of the courage and strength of so many women in the world. Katie told us how, through­out ev­ery­thing she's been through, con­fi­dence has been key. She's now re­leas­ing her fifth book in a bid to show us all how to be just as self-as­sured as she is.

Hi Katie! So tell us, why was now the right time to re­lease your fifth book? Well, for me I’ve been on such a long jour­ney and I al­ways get the same ques­tions on con­fi­dence and how I dealt with what hap­pened to me. In so­ci­ety now, I feel ev­ery­one thinks con­fi­dence stems from looks and phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance so I wanted to write a book that shows peo­ple that there isn’t just one el­e­ment that can make us con­fi­dent. There are loads of char­ac­ter­is­tics that make us a well-rounded per­son. This book was an op­por­tu­nity for me to ex­plain at length what re­ally makes up con­fi­dence. Be­ing pretty, be­ing skinny might make one per­son feel good but it’s not nec­es­sar­ily go­ing to keep you in a re­la­tion­ship or a long-term ca­reer. I was able to not just write this from a self-help point of view but I was also able to make it per­sonal and in­clude anec­dotes and funny sto­ries of times that I have ab­so­lutely failed mis­er­ably. For the book I also in­ter­viewed all the peo­ple I’ve met through red car­pet events or TV shows and in­clude their sto­ries of tri­umph, ad­ver­sity and fail­ure.

Your pre­vi­ous books are a bit more about the long and painful jour­ney back to­wards health and hap­pi­ness, what was it like for you to doc­u­ment those times of your life? That was so dif­fer­ent as writ­ing this book was ac­tu­ally quite fun and uplift­ing as I got to in­ter­view other peo­ple and go on their jour­ney with them. The oth­ers were def­i­nitely harder to write and harder to edit as I had to keep re­vis­it­ing chap­ters of my life that were re­ally dif­fi­cult. But this book has been an en­tirely dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence to the oth­ers.

What do you think is the key to con­fi­dence? I think it’s recog­nis­ing that con­fi­dence isn’t just an exclusive thing that only some peo­ple have. It’s re­ally easy to look at peo­ple and feel en­vi­ous, you can think ‘if only I was as con­fi­dent as her’ or ‘I wish I looked like her’, but ul­ti­mately any­one can do any­thing they want if they learn how to tap into their hu­man strength and spirit. Con­fi­dence isn’t some­thing that only some peo­ple have, ev­ery­one has mus­cles – but some peo­ple’s mus­cles show more as they train more in the gym. You need to tap into your con­fi­dence, train it and project it.

What gives you con­fi­dence? I think it never stays the same and that’s why I wanted to write the book to be hon­est. Be­ing a mother has now made me more con­fi­dent in my abil­i­ties and my self-es­teem. But pre­vi­ously it might have been get­ting pro­moted or peo­ple trust­ing me. I think we all gain con­fi­dence at dif­fer­ent ar­eas and stages of our lives, and sim­i­larly we lose con­fi­dence at dif­fer­ent stages of our lives. A book like this new one, you don’t need to read it in or­der – you can read one chap­ter that ap­plies to some­thing in your life at that time, then put it back down and pick it up when you need guid­ance on some­thing else.

Katie is keen to share her ad­vice on tap­ping into your in­ner con­fi­dence.

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