Sexy costumes are widely considered a bit passé. Beauty bloggers have lent a new level of prestige to extreme make-up skills. Combine the two, and it’s not surprising that many women – and men, for that matter – choose to incorporate hyper-realistic wounds, cuts and scars into their Halloween costumes.
But TV presenter Katie Piper says that for people with genuine facial scars and disfigurements, these “gore-overs” can be deeply distressing, and has denounced the trend as “distasteful and offensive”.
“It’s not even Halloween and I’ve had over 20 photos on my feed of make-up artists posting Halloween gore-overs,” Piper wrote on Instagram.
“It’s distasteful and offensive to make temporary burns, scars and disfigurements on someone’s face for Halloween. Some of us have these differences all year round. When did Halloween turn into people imitating accident victims?”
Piper, who was scarred for life in 2008 when her ex-boyfriend hired a man to throw acid in her face, said that she enjoys Halloween “just as much as the next person”, but called on her 385,000 Instagram followers not to “dress up as someone that has had trauma happen to them”.
“Even if you don't care about other people's feelings how about remembering none of us are immune and it could be you one day with those injuries no Halloween make up needed,” she wrote.
“Pumpkins, witches, cats, bats whatever but not someone who has been seriously injured please.”
Piper, a former model, was attacked by Stefan Sylvestre. He had been hired by Piper’s ex-boyfriend, Daniel Lynch, who is currently serving two life sentences in prison. Sylvestre, who was also jailed, is serving a minimum 12-year sentence.
The attack left Piper with horrific burns and lifelong scarring requiring more than 300 surgical procedures. She set up a charitable organisation, the Katie Piper Foundation, to help burns victims and people suffering from disfiguring injuries.
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