24 Katie Piper was young, very attractive, a model and an up-and-coming TV presenter with a bright future ahead of her. In 2008 a cruel acid attack destroyed her face and changed her life forever.
As I sat watching my Beautiful Face on Channel 4 yesterday, I was filled with a deep sense of sadness, due to the pain and loss that she had suffered. At the same time, I felt truly awe inspired and privileged to be able to witness her bravery and determination to overcome her natural fears and regain control of her life.
Special moments from the film include the following open and deeply personal discussions.
In a conversation with her sister:
"I would go out with someone who was facially burnt like me, because that's the surface of your face. It doesn't change anything. You know if someone was able to love you ....care for you .... and have a normal adult fulfilling relationship. If they had a few scars, a funny nose or whatever on the outside.... I don't really care. I don't know .... we'll just have to see what happens".
Talking to the interviewer:
"Sometimes when people look at me, all they can see is the accident. And if they couldn't see that maybe it would take away the stigma and the invisible wall that I sometimes feel around me; it stops people from wanting to get close to me......"
"The way I feel inside, I am always screaming 'I just want to be a normal girl' ".
Interviewer: "Who are you talking to?"
"Girls my own age. I think the same as you ... I feel the same as you ... and I am normal ... I am not a freak".