‘For those with scars, summer can feel bittersweet’: Katie Piper reveals she used to ‘sweat in turtlenecks’ to cover up ’embarrassing’ burn marks as she poses confidently in crop top

Katie Piper shared a body-positive message with her fans on Twitter on Monday about living with scars in the summer.

The 38-year-old presenter suffered horrific injuries to her face, chest, arms and hands, including being blinded in one eye following a 2008 acid attack, staged by her ex-boyfriend.

She has since had more than 400 surgeries and revealed that her “old face” had been “removed” and replaced with the grafts of skin and other parts of her body, leaving her with several scars.

Candid: Katie Piper shared a body-positive message with her fans on Twitter on Monday about living with scars in the summer

The Loose Women panelist now confidently showed off her burn marks, in a red cropped top, sporting a baseball cap and sunglasses.

At the same time, she candidly opened up about the shame of her scars and hid behind turtleneck tops.

She wrote: “Not for everyone – for some people it’s just not something that seems possible.”

Horrible: The presenter, 38, suffered horrific injuries to her face, chest, arms and hands, including being blinded in one eye following a 2008 acid attack, staged by her ex-boyfriend

Horrible: The presenter, 38, suffered horrific injuries to her face, chest, arms and hands, including being blinded in one eye following a 2008 acid attack, staged by her ex-boyfriend

“For those with scars, summer can feel bittersweet. You want to enjoy the good weather, forget your face or your body and feel free.

“But depending on where you’re recovering from, it can seem so out of your reach, whether it’s for medical reasons or whether you attach shame and embarrassment to the marks on your skin.”

“For some sunny days fill them with dread, for those who show scars, smile, don’t look, don’t question the person who keeps their jacket on or still likes to use their mask.

Embarrassed: At the same time, she candidly opened up about feeling ashamed of her scars and hid behind turtleneck tops

Embarrassed: At the same time, she candidly opened up about feeling ashamed of her scars and hid behind turtleneck tops

She reassured, “All it takes is good because confidence is a journey, not a race.”

“I’ve spent many summers sweating in turtlenecks. I’ve been living with scars for 15 years so my choice now is shorts, a crop top and head to toe @LaRochePosayUKI factor 50 SPF.

In 2010, Katie founded the Katie Piper Foundation, a charity that helps burn survivors recover as she works to inspire other survivors.

Strong: She added, “I spent many summers sweating in turtlenecks.  I've been living with scars for 15 years so my choice now is shorts, a crop top and head to toe @LaRochePosayUKI factor 50 SPF'

Strong: She added, “I spent many summers sweating in turtlenecks. I’ve been living with scars for 15 years so my choice now is shorts, a crop top and head to toe @LaRochePosayUKI factor 50 SPF’

Katie received an OBE in the New Year’s Honors list for her services to charity and to victims of disfiguring injuries.

Speaking at the time, she said she would never stop advocating for inclusion as she worked to raise awareness in the beauty industry.

She explained: “I was born able-bodied with no visible difference until I was in my twenties. So I had the experience of living both lives. When you are part of this minority, you become acutely aware that you are never sold, never targeted by the beauty industry and advertising.

“It’s not about them wanting to see a burn survivor on TV. It’s about them wanting to see something that says, “You’re fine the way you are.”

Brave: She has since had more than 400 surgeries and revealed that her

Brave: She has since had more than 400 surgeries and revealed her ‘old face’ had been ‘removed’ and replaced with the grafts of skin and other parts of her body, leaving her with multiple scars (pictured in 2009)

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