Katie Piper stepped out at the launch of a book for Women's Aid after being viciously trolled online about her appearance.
The TV presenter, model and writer joined Swinton author Lolo Stubbs at the relaunch of her book Dressed up as Love and the release of Dressed up in Armour in support of Women’s Aid, a charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children.
Acid attack survivor Katie, who looked stylish in a smart black outfit at the Hard Rock Hotel in London, was recently met with vile comments about her appearance from people on Twitter after she did a TV interview.
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The 37-year-old TV personality, who was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2018, has openly discussed undergoing multiple procedures to repair her face following the horrific attack in 2008.
The acid severely burned her face and blinded her in her left eye and Katie was put in an induced coma for 12 days.
Brave Katie, who has just published her ninth book A Little Bit of Faith, penned a candid statement hitting back at trolls after the abuse following her appearance on Sky News.
One troll penned: "Oh dear. @KatiePiper (Katie Piper who she?) With lips full of botox and a designer face drawn by surgeons, on the advertising platform called @SkyNews promoting a publication about people needing to be honest with themselves.
"Couldn't make it up, could you."
She replied to him: "My face has been rebuilt by surgeons using other parts of my body after my face was melted down to the muscle and skeleton following an acid attack.
"But regardless, I don't owe you pretty, perhaps use your time more productively than commenting on womens appearance in the internet."
And the Loose Women panellist took to social media to write a letter 'to those who feel like it’s ok to act like this online.'
She penned: "After my attack, I used to wear a plastic face mask for my burns, and a wig, because my hair was burnt at the front.
"When I first started going out (which took a really long time because I didn't want to leave the house because of people's reactions) men used to shout insults like this and other abuse at me.
"When someone writes something so awful and offensive about someone who is burnt or disfigured like me in the public eye, it makes those with visible differences at home not want to leave the house, like I never used to.
"Seeing someone like me being trolled, will only make them regress further. If it's happening to me, why wouldn't it happen to them?
"You should always learn someone's story and you should never judge someone without knowing what they've been through. You shouldn't judge them regardless, no matter what they look like.
"If someone is doing what makes them happy and they're not hurting you or anyone else, then why do you have the right to comment on their appearance."
And she wrote: "I didn't bring this up because it has personally affected me today. My journey has been a long one, full of incredible ups and downs but I'm out the other side now. I am strong and living a stable, happy life.
"'I am talking about this for the people that don't have a support system, a group of friends, a loving family or just someone helping them to re-join society and live a normal life. This could really affect someone in the most severe way.
"I spend my days via my charity The Katie Piper Foundation seeing how much mental and psychological support it takes after a burns injury, or a disfigurement.
"My volunteers, specialists, nurses and doctors spend years with our patients helping them prepare again physically and mentally for the 'real world'.
"'The sad reality is, this is the real world we live in. It was National Suicide Prevention day last week - have we learnt nothing of the damage words can do?"
She added: "Whilst many feel this pain, I see this negative attention thrusted mostly upon women. I obviously haven't had work done to my face for a vanity reasons, but even if I had, that is NOT a problem.
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"Why do women always get torn down about their appearance?'
"My interview on Sky News this morning to promote my new book was about the power of affirmations, talking about my faith and the power of positive thinking. YET, people have gone straight to twitter to ask 'whats happened to her face?'.
"The sad reality is, I'm not surprised, because this is so common now for me after a live TV appearance."
She ended by saying: "My only hope is that with speaking up and increased education, these people will look inside themselves and figure out why they need to tear others down so fiercely in order to validate themselves.'
Mum-of-four Lolo, an Expect Respect Ambassador for Women's Aid, is donating 20-per-cent of proceeds from her books to the charity. She released Dressed up as Love, about an emotionally abuse relationship, in 2019.