Although she was afraid to leave her house just a year ago, Katie Piper stood center stage in London next to patron Simon Cowell for the launch of the Katie Piper Foundation, which will help burn victims overcome their injuries and return to their normal life.
Katie, who was a former model, has undergone more than 40 surgeries after suffering an acid attack orchestrated by her ex-boyfriend.
"Katie is one of the most inspiring people I have met. She is brave, talented and determined and I think what she is doing with the Katie Piper Foundation is incredible."
"I want the clinic to be a place where people can learn to overcome the psychological barriers of living with disfigurement and concentrate on rebuilding their lives.
Beauty used to mean to me being the person with the best figure, the prettiest person walking into a room - that's what I thought beauty was,' she said. 'But I have realised that is was nothing - it was a false and superficial view.
I hope by sharing experiences the Katie Piper Foundation can help other disfigured people to build in confidence, to stand tall and feel beautiful too."
Amazing! She is a true fighter.
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