Liz Nicholls chats to philanthropist, writer, TV presenter and former model Katie Piper
Q. Congratulations on your second baby. How did you find this pregnancy?
“I’ve really enjoyed it, other than the morning sickness in the first three months! Having a young child I’ve enjoyed being able to share the excitement with her and it’s special being able to watch the bump grow together – she’s even been telling everyone that she’s pregnant herself which is very funny!”
Q. Have you enjoyed creating your new maternity range [www.wantthattrend.com] and what are your fave items?
“I’ve loved creating it! During my previous pregnancy I struggled to find affordable maternitywear I liked and ended up wearing my husband’s wardrobe half the time. This time around I wanted to provide a maternity collection that gave not just me, but all pregnant women, the chance to feel good. I also wanted to ensure that no matter what the occasion – a party, picking up the kids from school, or even Christmas day – expecting mothers always have something to wear! I love all of the items. The Bardot Twist Front Detailed (£24.95) dresses are amazing but I love the Maternity Navy Strappy Wrap Over Culotte Jumpsuit (£24.95) for the day with a white T-shirt underneath and a comfy pair of white trainers!”
Q. What are your fondest memories of Hampshire growing up? “Hampshire is very close to my heart; I had a wonderful childhood there. I think my fondest memories would have to be in our family home with my lovely parents and brother and sister, Paul and Suzy, and just generally enjoying my youth at Harrow Way School.”
Q. Your foundation’s made a difference to so many others – what’s been the most rewarding moment so far?
“Thank you, The Katie Piper Foundation is so important and has been a huge part of my journey. I don’t think there’s one specific rewarding moment; each day I meet or hear from so many inspirational individuals.”
Q. What advice would you give to anyone going through the darkest of times?
“Remember, no matter how big or small your challenges might seem, there is always a confident way forward and people here to help.”
Q. What attitudes to body confidence do you most hope to pass to your children?
“It’s so important for parents to have a positive attitude about body confidence as this will be reflected in your child’s values and attitudes. So if I’m having a ‘fat’ day (let’s face it, we all have one in a while), I’d never say that to Belle. Words like ‘fat’ are an absolute no-go in our house; everyone is beautiful in their own way and it’s what’s on the inside that really matters!”
Q. Who are your heroes and why?
“My mum because she is so kind and resilient, and all of the amazing volunteers for The Katie Piper Foundation – I cannot thank them enough for their help and support.”
Q. What’s your favourite piece of music?
“Thriller by Michael Jackson – my favourite album and artist of all time!”
Q. I know you love writing – what is your favourite book?
“My favourite books are Richard Reed’s If I Could Tell You One Thing, Jo Malone’s autobiography and The Secret.”
Q. What’s your favourite food?
“It’d have to be something Italian; I love Italian, but I would only have it as a treat as normally I am very healthy!”
Q. What ambitions do you have for the future?
“To be happy and healthy. All I hope for is good health and happiness for all of my family. Work-wise, I have my first ever theatre tour What’s In My Head starting in March which is exciting as it will be intimate with my fans; I’ll discuss my own battles with anxiety and explain how I overcame it. Insecurities exist in us all of us and adversity is unavoidable but this is my chance to hopefully be able to help others learn how to manage it.”
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