I was a guest at the Women in TV and Film awards on Friday 6th December. It was wonderful to see so many strong and inspirational women being honoured for their roles in the world of film and TV. Actress Sheridan Smith, presenter Mary Beard and producer Pippa Harris were just some of the outstanding women being honoured that night. I was particularly pleased to see Angela Rippon receive the EON Lifetime Achievement Award. It was so interesting to hear her talk about her career in the media and I really admire her for all her achievements.
On December 5th I went to the V&A museum to present an award to Jessica Price, an incredibly brave young woman who certainly deserved the title of “Ultimate Survivor” I had been asked to be one of the judges this year and it was a very hard job to do! There were so many real life stories from ordinary women who had done extraordinary things and I was humbled by their strength and determination.
Jessica had been on a night out and was walking home when she was attacked by a complete stranger, amazingly she managed to remain calm and persuaded the man to let her go and even pretended to like him so he would let his guard down. She managed to persuade him to smoke a cigarette which she knew would contain his DNA. When the police later arrested him they were able to use his DNA to convict him of a previous murder of a young woman a month earlier. Thanks to Jessica a murderer has been taken off the streets and women can feel safe again.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2511450/Jessica-Price-tricked-murderer-leaving-DNA-evidence-nominated-award.html#ixzz2njAIEPIZ
I was thrilled to be invited to be interviewed by Liz Jones from You magazine recently. I have read her diary in the Daily Mail for years and have followed the ups and downs of her life and have read a couple of her books, Imagine how I felt when she told me she had also followed my story! We talked about plastic surgery and I told her about the latest programme I am making with Channel 4, a four-part series called “Bodyshockers” where I meet people who have had a tattoo, trout pout or boob job, and now regret they ever went under the knife or needle, and want their procedure reversed. I also ask these people to act as mentors to those about to go under the knife. We had a very interesting discussion about the reasons people have cosmetic surgery. She was very interested to hear about my charity “The Katie PiperFoundation” and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting her and swapping a few beauty secrets!
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-2503413/Liz-Jones-talks-acid-attack-victim-Katie-Piper.html#ixzz2nj1xQaSD
This year I have supported Children in Need and I was very flattered that Jeremy Vine chose me as one of his heroes – I’ve been interviewed by him several times and he’s a favourite of mine and I love listening to his show. We talked about how I moved on with my life after my attack and my feelings on becoming an expectant mother.
We have made a podcast to raise money so here are some links to the interview:
I hope everyone will download the interview to help raise lots of money for BBC Children in Need.
On October 6th I featured on the cover of Fabulous magazine with the Sun on Sunday. I still find it hard to believe that the photographs were shot by the legendary David Bailey!
He must be one of the most famous photographers in the world and it was a dream come true to work with him.
One piece of news that I am thrilled to share is that I am expecting a baby with my boyfriend of 2 years. As a little girl I always thought I’d have children one day but after all that had happened to me and all the anaesthetics I’d had I wasn’t sure if would be able to conceive, so this baby is such a blessing. At last I will be able to go to hospital for something exciting! My boyfriend is just a normal guy who doesn’t like the limelight very much so I’ve decided not to name him. I’ve never wanted to be with someone famous and I don’t want to change him into someone he’s not. But I do know he’s going to be a brilliant dad!
At my 20 week scan we found out that I was expecting a little girl, it was a bit of shock because we had convinced ourselves it was a boy! But all that matters is that its healthy
You can read a full interview in Hello magazine or follow this link:
In September I wrote a guest column in the Sunday Mirror while their regular columnist Carole Malone was away. It was really fun to write as I could express my own opinions on stories that were doing the rounds in the media. My main story was one that I feel very passionate about: organ donation. I had heard the announcement that people in Wales will be presumed to have agreed for their organs to be donated after death from December 2015 and I feel this is a big step forward. People don’t realize how important it is to donate after their death. I have been the beneficiary of donations in the form of human tissue and of a cornea which gave me sight when otherwise I would have none.
You can read the full article here:
Last year I was awarded a Special Recognition award at the Pride of Britain ceremony. I took my surgeon Dr Jawad, my parents and sister with me as my guests. It was a very moving and emotional evening. This year I was very proud to be asked back as a judge.
The panel was chaired by Pride of Britain founder and Mirror weekday Editor Peter Willis. I sat alongside Paralympic superman David Weir, former England footballer Michael Owen, gold-medal winning heptathlete Denise Lewis, Daybreak host Aled Jones, Chief Constable of West Midlands Police Chris Sims, President of the Royal College of Nursing Andrea Spyropoulos, ITV News’ Mark Austin, ITV’s Jeremy Phillips, Marco Ivone of Lidl, and Mirror Editor-in-Chief Lloyd Embley.
There were so many worthy candidates and we all agreed choosing the winners from the list of nominees was one of the toughest challenges we have faced. I heard so many inspirational stories of courage, determination and selfless actions. As somebody who’s been a recipient I know these awards mean so much to the winners. It’s a Pride of Britain award – that’s a massive thing.
One of my favourite recipients on the night was 8 year old Harley Lane. At 3 years old he was struck down by meningitis and was honoured with a Pride of Britain Child of Courage award after fighting back from the brink of death. In 2009 doctors had to amputate his arms and legs to save his life. Yet this year he completed an inspirational run to thank the doctors who saved him. We all laughed when he suddenly turned very shy and refused a kiss from Nicole Scherzinger who presented his award!
In October I attended the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Awards in London. I was once lucky enough to receive an award and this year I was asked to sit on the judging panel. These awards celebrate the achievements of remarkable women who inspire those around them. Women are acknowledged and honoured for their amazing achievements in their everyday lives. Along with promoting a positive image of women and recognizing dynamic role models, the event also raises money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. I listened to some incredible stories of strength and determination; it was very difficult to choose winners as all the nominees deserved special recognition!
I had the ends of my hair dyed pink especially for the occasion!
When I was disfigured in my attack in 2008 I never dreamed I could be a model again so I was thrilled and excited to be taking part in advertising Marks and Spencer’s Autumn collection. It was shot by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz and featured some of the UK’s Leading Ladies. Women who despite being very different people have a strong sense of style and inspirational achievements which propelled them to success. I felt very privileged to star alongside such a wide variety of women I’ve admired for so long, including Oscar winning actress Helen Mirren and Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams. Be it physical strength, dedication to helping others, overcoming adversity or simply sheer determination, we’ve all worked hard to achieve our goals and that’s the message: be the best you can be!