Me now, I forget I have conscious”
Eels more confident than ever.
When do you feel at your most confident? Probably at work I think. Ironically, usually when I’m stood up in front of thousands of people talking. I feel less confident in smaller situations – my situation is actually the opposite to what people think.
You have been living with the consequences of the attack since 2008, how do you now feel about your scars? Well I talk about acceptance in the book and to be honest, I now see my scars as part of me. If someone had a big bum they don’t like, they just realise that is who they are and what they have. I accept my scars for the good and the bad, I don’t feel conscious about them... I forget about them now.
What pressures do you feel to look good in the limelight? I think it can definitely be hard if you live your life through social media, as social media is heavily edited. It’s the same as years ago, when we only had movies. If you aspire to be like your favourite movie character, you have to remember that it’s just edited fiction. If you try to be like someone else you see on Facebook or Instagram, remember you’re only seeing the best bits edited. It’s not a realistic aspiration.
How does being such an inspirational role model make you feel? For me it’s such an unrealistic pedestal to be put on – I’m not a superhero and there are lots of times where I don’t feel positive or inspirational. It’s about recognising that’s actually okay. Positive thinking is brilliant, but just because we’re not being positive doesn’t mean we’re failing. It’s important to feel all kinds of emotions – including negativity, especially if that’s surrounding something that’s happened to you.
What advice would you offer others to bounce back from a negative situation and turn it into a positive one, just like you have? I had the pleasure of interviewing many people – some who had been through the most horrible situations like plane crashes and losing their whole family, others who had been through a break-up and felt like it had ended their whole world. But they all had one thing in common – when the going got tough they all had the ability to tap into that human strength and pull through. Not everyone has a happy fairytale ending, but you have your own ending and that’s okay – you’re able to move forward and make a success. If anyone is going through a difficult time I would pick up my new book as you’ll find somebody in there that you can relate to.
You say being a wife and mother makes you more confident, how have you found the adjustment to motherhood? It’s chaotic! My daughter Belle has actually been in the kitchen all morning making me lunch made out of play dough so that should be interesting. It’s really good, she’s at a really exciting stage where she’s talking and walking, she’s just a little lady now.
How do you balance such a busy lifestyle with being a mum? It’s a struggle but it’s just about being strict with diaries, calendars and timings. I need to make sure I wake up early and don’t waste any moments.
When it comes to beauty, what’s your skincare regime? I’m quite strict with my skincare – I don’t ever sleep in my make-up. It’s so bad for you. I’ve discovered a really good range called Manuka Doctor, which is made with Manuka honey which is actually used on burns dressing in the hospital anyway as it has healing properties that renews cells and encourages the production of collagen. For me, it’s not about finding a beauty treatment that looks and smells nice – I like to find something with an active ingredient that works as a treatment.
What are your top beauty tips? I actually just bought one of those massive two litre flasks that I’ve been filling with water and constantly drinking it. It’s been helping me to wake up so much better. Diet and exercise also do wonders for your skin and your energy – looking great in your clothes is a bonus too. I also think a good blow dry really works wonders for you too – I only wash my hair once a week but I do think that really helps it to stay glossy and healthy.
Some women struggle with wearing no make-up in public. Do you ever leave the house without make-up on? Oh all the time! I have to do the school run at 8am in the morning so it’s an everyday thing for me.
And finally – other than your new book, what do you have coming up in 2017? I’ve also just re-signed for two years with Channel 4 so that’s really exciting, and also I’ve just launched a range of pushchairs and high chairs for children so I’ll be working lots on news designs for that.
Confidence: The Secret by Katie Piper is out now, £12.99, Quercus
Katie says being a mum and a wife has made her confident in ways she never expected.