WATCH: Katie Piper - 'I want to spend my life trying to be the best version of me that I can be'
"I always say to myself the only competition is me... I don't want to spend the rest of my life trying to be like someone else because that's not me"
TV presenter and author Katie Piper is urging women to be less self-critical and embrace their flaws.
"Confidence to me is self-belief," the 32-year-old told Independent.ie
"It isn't just something that some people have, we all have it but we have to search deep within ourselves to exercise it and really believe in it."
Like most people she has good and bad days and Katie, who's mum to Bella (two), admits she can struggle to be "consistent" with her own self-confidence.
"I think that's hard for probably everyone," she notes.
Katie was the victim of a horrific acid attack arranged by her then ex-boyfriend in 2008 but she has since recovered and found happiness. However, she admits that she sometimes needs to keep her thoughts in balance.
"I always say to myself the only competition is me... I don't want to spend the rest of my life trying to be like someone else because that's not me.
"I just want to spend the rest of my life trying to be the best version of me that I can be."
Katie says that it's not always easy to feel confident while we're constantly being told how we should look, while pressures from society make us feel the need to achieve some sort of 'perfection'.
On top of that, we are constantly being told how to act, what to say, and what not to say.
"It's hard to be a woman because there's the pressure to be sexy but not too sexy, to be smart but not too geeky. There's all these kind of mixed messages coming at us to be this kind of wonder woman but that woman just doesn't really exist," says Katie.
"A lot of the messages are contradictions of what we should and shouldn't be."
The TV personality admits that she finds herself sometimes getting dragged into feelings on insecurity when she scrolls through images of picture-perfect models on social media.
"I sometimes find myself thinking 'Oh I wish I had a waist like that or I wish my nose looked like that' but then I just put it into perspective," she said.
Katie, whose mother is currently undergoing treatment for liver cancer, admits that a positive outlook is the best line of defence during low moments.
As well as working for her own charity, The Katie Piper Foundation, the author has also cleared out her wardrobe to donate clothes to TK Maxx and Enable Ireland, Give Up Clothes For Good Campaign.
It aims to raise funding in line with Enable Ireland’s ‘No Limits Week’ this September to support children with disabilities to live life with no limits.
The campaign runs between September 19 and 25 and to get involved, all you need to do is drop a bag of unwanted clean clothing, shoes and accessories, ornaments, towels and linen, crockery, cutlery and glassware, books, collectables and antiques, CDs, DVDs or mobile phones into any TK Maxx store.