The Highlight by LOOKFANTASTIC: Jul/Aug 2022

COVER INTERVIEW When Katie walks in, her infectious smile warms the room. It’s hard to believe this is the same person who was attacked with acid in 2008, leaving her blind in one eye and her face disfigured. Determined to make a positive difference, Katie has used her story to set up The Katie Piper Foundation – raising awareness and support for burns survivors and people with disfigurement injuries – as well as host her award-winning podcast Extraordinary People. Her inspiring work was commended in February this year when she was awarded an OBE. Almost 15 years on, Katie reflects on how far she’s come in her journey to rebuilding skin confidence... “My skin is so much more than just skin; it’s something that I lost at one point and worked really hard to restore,” she says. “I have this ongoing relationship of trying to have mutual respect for my skin; I needed it to do amazing things for me, I needed it to keep me alive and I had to put in what I get out.” Years of operations and skin graft