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Why Katie Piper is guest-editing the Stylist website for a day

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The presenter and campaigner will take the reins of stylist.co.uk on Thursday 15 November.

Throughout November, Stylist is running the Kindfulness Project: a new initiative to encourage our readers to be consciously compassionate towards themselves and others. We’ve rounded up the most comforting books to read when you’re feeling lonely, highlighted six easy ways to become a kinder person, and much more.

And when it came to choosing a public figure to guest-edit Stylist’s website for one day in November, we could think of no one better than Katie Piper. The charity campaigner, TV presenter and Stylist Live 2018 speaker will take over stylist.co.uk on Thursday 15 November, packing the site with articles on what she’s learned about empathy and the importance of self-care.

“When the world is grey and the headlines are bleak, it’s all too easy to lose sight of what’s important. That’s why, this November, we launched the Kindfulness Project,” Stylist’s digital editor Kayleigh Dray says.

“Katie Piper is an inspiring activist, talented writer and beloved TV personality, who has always championed the ideals of kindness in everything she does. I for one can’t wait to see how she channels this energy into her work on stylist.co.uk.”

“Kindness is such a powerful thing”: Katie Piper 

Piper has long called for us all to move through the world with more kindness, whether she’s encouraging women to love their post-partum bodies, offering advice to fans struggling with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, or raising money for other burns survivors through the Katie Piper Foundation.

The charity, which Piper founded almost a decade ago, supports people with burns and scars by raising money and offering advice and support. 

The foundation is based on the simple idea that being a burns survivor should not limit a person’s sense of social inclusion or wellbeing, and is due to launch a specialist rehabilitation centre in Merseyside later this year. 

Piper photographed for Stylist by Squiz Hamilton in 2016

Piper is also an outspoken advocate for the importance of self-care. In October, she published Confidence: The Journal, a creative diary designed to help people find happiness and peace in their everyday lives. She is also the host of a podcast, Katie Piper’s Extraordinary People, in which she talks to people who have transformed adversity into positivity.

Through her digital takeover on 15 November, Piper says she hopes to encourage Stylist readers to realise that it’s always possible to fit more kindness into your life.

“Kindness is such a powerful thing in a world which can often be cruel with focus on the negatives,” she says. 

Kindness has come in to my life in lots of different ways, via my family, the volunteers and medical staff I’ve met through my charity, the Katie Piper Foundation, and even my recent podcast guests.

“I can’t wait to share with my thoughts, feelings and experiences on the power of kindness with the Stylist community.”

See more from Stylist’s Kindfulness Project here

Images: Getty Images 

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Moya is Women’s Editor at stylist.co.uk, where she is currently overseeing the Visible Women campaign. As well as writing about inspiring women and feminism, she also covers subjects including careers, podcasts and politics. Carrying a tiny bottle of hot sauce on her person at all times is one of the many traits she shares with both Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton.

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