Katie Piper suffered a devastating acid attack in 2008, which left her with life-changing facial injuries and blindness in her left eye. She now uses her story to inspire wellbeing and a positive outlook in her audience, by discussing such important topics as body image, self-help and managing unwarranted criticism. From Katie’s documentaries to her best-selling books and foundation for other burn victims, she has dedicated her career to changing society’s perception of beauty.
After suffering domestic abuse at the hands of her partner, Katie was attacked with sulphuric acid in 2008. She was severely burned on her face and body, and went blind in one eye. Katie’s recovery included an induced coma and over 400 surgeries, to protect her damaged and sensitive skin. The experience changed her life and left her with harrowing memories. Katie harnessed an immeasurable amount of mental strength to overcome her attack. In just a year, Katie was back on her feet, and fighting to support other burns victims with her foundation, The Katie Piper Foundation.
She starred in Katie: My Beautiful Face, which was nominated for a BAFTA, Katie: My Beautiful Friends and Katie: The Science of Seeing Again, which documented her gruelling treatment journey, and highlighted society’s limited expectations of beauty. In 2013, Katie presented Bodyshockers, an eye-opening programme on the reality of cosmetic and surgical procedures. She expands upon the sentiment of her television shows, to unveil the importance of self-love in the face of beauty standards.
Considering Katie’s several guest appearances on television, she is undoubtedly a natural on stage. Katie’s internationally renowned TED Talk perfectly encapsulates her talent as a speaker, as she eloquently discussed the process of rebuilding her life to captivated audiences. She has starred in many popular British programmes, including Strictly Come Dancing, and has presented such shows as Never Seen a Doctor and Songs of Praise, as of 2020. Katie’s appearances, both concerning her attack and as a talented presenter, only add to her positive impact at events.
Katie has published countless books, including her autobiography, Beautiful, in 2011 and several self-help books, like Things Get Better, Start Your Day with Katie, Beautiful Ever After and Confidence: The Secret. In 2018, she wrote From Mother to Daughter: The Things I’d Tell My Child, a touching tribute to her mother’s support and her children. Her debut documentary was awarded a Broadcast Award, while Katie herself has received the Women to Watch: Inspiration and You Can Award at the Sainsbury’s Women of the Year. Such commendable recognition only adds to her popularity on the speaking circuit, as Katie’s ability to inspire and personal understanding of mental health makes her a resounding success.
“Very passionate and professional. She captured the audience and moved them.”