“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
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.