Katie Piper calls for more online positivity after troll calls her 'ugly and repulsive'

Danny Thompson
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British TV presenter Katie Piper poses on the red carpet upon arrival for the world premiere of the film "Downton Abbey" in London on Spetember 9, 2019. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Katie Piper on the red carpet upon arrival for the world premiere of the film "Downton Abbey" in London on Spetember 9, 2019. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Katie Piper has said more work needs to be done around diversity and inclusion after she shared a message she received from a troll who called her "ugly and repulsive".

The 37-year-old told of the awful message saying such things are “the everyday reality” for some people.

Piper was the victim of an acid attack organised by her ex boyfriend in 2008 and she has since had almost 400 operations.

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She recently shared a message from a troll who had messaged her to say: "You're the most repulsive and ugliest thing I've ever seen why even bother with make-up."

Addressing the trolling she receives on her Instagram story, she said: "I've posted this message from my inbox to show you all the work and conversations around diversity and inclusion, the everyday reality for anyone who is in the minority category...

"The everyday existence is very different to the positivity campaigns. More work needs to be done."

Last week, the presenter told her 980,000 followers of her latest surgery, this time on her right eye - she has been blind in her left eye since the attack.

She said: “Thanks for all your messages I’m in hospital recovering from my recent eye operation, everything went well. Big thank you to Mr Naresh Joshi and his team.”

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Her representative told the Mail Online : “Katie is nearing her 400th operation now but she is being as brave as ever whilst in hospital for her current procedure.

“The eye is healing well, and Katie remains positive about the future and cannot thank the incredible eye surgeon and team enough for their work for their ongoing restoration and preservation of her sight in her 'good eye'.

"The operation was a skin graft to her upper eyelid using skin from her left arm. She is currently resting to minimise the threat of infection and to ensure a quick recovery. Katie thanks everyone for their care and warm wishes."

Watch: Katie Piper shares details of eyelid surgery