'Ageing is a privilege.'

Social media, particularly Instagram – at time of writing – is abuzz with the latest trend in anxiety-inducing puerility, the #10YearChallenge, which encourages users to post side-by-side images of how they look now alongside how they looked in 2009.

The craze has spanned internationally, with everyone from A-listers to internet-famous animals taking the plunge and posting decade-old comparison pictures.

Naturally, the fad has irked some. Considering the noughties was a year of small eyebrows, smaller consideration for skincare and more neon shades than could ever be deemed appropriate – the #10YearChallenge has induced seven shades of anxiety to those too self-conscious to post age-old snaps. 

However, one sobering reminder has switched the narrative with a personal tale of growth and bigger-picture realisations.

Model and activist Katie Piper, who was the victim of an acid attack in 2008, shared her own take on the challenge, reminding others of the privilege of aging. 

The 35-year-old broadcaster took to Instagram to share the story of her life some 10 years previous. 

"#10yearchallenge don’t let this challenge create anxiety within you about ageing- it’s an absolute privilege," she wrote. 

"1st pic me age 25 year of 2009 in my mums kitchen. 2nd Pic is me age 35 last week in my own kitchen 2019! #lifeisprecious #health#humanbodyisamazing"

Piper’s ex-boyfriend Lynch, 39, arranged for the acid attack which left her partially blind and with severe scarring over her face and body.

Since 2009, she has undergone over 40 operations to help fix the damage caused by the burning.

She and Lynch had been dating for just two weeks before he raped her and beat her up in a London hotel room.

A fortnight later, he organised for Sylvestre to throw a cup of sulphuric acid in her face while he spoke to her on the phone as she walked through Golders Green in northwest London.

Piper's take on the latest fad has been praised and lauded as a breath of fresh air in an image-obsessed world. The philanthropist has spoken candidly about her struggles when it comes to facing the world post-attack and the difficulty in reclaiming self-love after a major change. 

Back in 2009, a BAFTA-nominated Channel 4 documentary on her life Katie: My Beautiful Face was watched by 3.5 million viewers and shown in more than 15 countries.

On the back of this, she also founded The Katie Piper Foundation, which helps people living with burns and scars. 

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