Former model who survived an acid attack shares powerful 10-Year Challenge post

Making its mark as the first viral trend of 2019, the 10-Year Challenge has undoubtedly taken the social media world by storm.

But while some people have been using the challenge to laugh at how goofy their younger selves were or to show how little they’ve aged, one woman has taken a different approach.

In 10 years, former U.K. model Katie Piper has gone through a dramatic recovery after suffering horrific burns to her face and neck from a devastating acid attack in 2008.

In her 2009 picture, Piper stares away from the camera as a black mask covers her scarred face. The present-day photo on the right, however, was taken after a decade of laser treatment and recovery.

“Don’t let this challenge create anxiety within you about ageing — it’s an absolute privilege,” she wrote alongside the hashtags #lifeisprecious and #humanbodyisamazing.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Katie Piper attends the Sky Women in Film and Television UK Awards 2018 at the London Hilton on December 7, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Katie Piper attends the European Premiere of 'Glass' at The Curzon Mayfair on January 09, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: TV Presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star, Katie Piper, launches The National Lottery's Thanks to You Campaign at the RAF Museum on November 21, 2018 in London, England. Pictured in-front of the RAF SE5a. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images for National Lottery)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Katie Piper and guest attend the European Premiere of 'Glass' at The Curzon Mayfair on January 09, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: TV Presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star, Katie Piper, launches The National Lottery's Thanks to You Campaign at the RAF Museum on November 21, 2018 in London, England. Pictured in-front of the Curtiss Kittyhawk. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images for National Lottery)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Katie Piper attends the Pride of Britain Awards 2018 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 29, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Katie Piper attends the opening of the newly designed Swarovski Oxford Street store, featuring a selfie booth, crystal styling suit personalisation bar and an archive area, on October 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Swarovski)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: (L-R) Kris Hallenga, Katie Piper, Robert Bauchbauer, Nadiya Hussain and Hayley Quinn attend the opening of the newly designed Swarovski Oxford Street store, featuring a selfie booth, crystal styling suit personalisation bar and an archive area, on October 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Swarovski)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Katie Piper attends the opening of the newly designed Swarovski Oxford Street store, featuring a selfie booth, crystal styling suit personalisation bar and an archive area, on October 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Swarovski)
Katie Piper prepares to take part in the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon through four royal parks in London. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10: Ashley Roberts and Katie Piper attend the VIP Party with Stacey Solomon as she celebrates the launch of her new collection with Primark on October 10, 2018 in London, England. The collection launches on Thursday 11th October. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Primark)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Richard James Sutton and Katie Piper attends the GQ Men of the Year awards at the Tate Modern on September 5, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
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The brutal attack — which took place on the streets of London — had been carried out by a man unknown to Piper, though it was later revealed that her then-boyfriend had planned the whole thing.

At just 25 years of age, Piper was left blind in one eye and put in an induced coma for 12 days as doctors tried to save as much of her skin as possible. 

Now 35, she has undergone over 40 operations to restore her sight and improve her scars, and in the meantime, managed to start the Katie Piper Foundation, become a mom to two children, write her own book and speak out for other victims of acid attacks. 

Her followers on social media — which have grown significantly throughout her journey — were quick to praise her inspiring words.

“You are such a brave woman, so admirable!” wrote one person. “You are the inspiration for many women. I am really proud of how much you have [grown] as a person.”

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