Katie Piper oozes sex appeal in bodycon dress at the Daily Mail Inspirational Women Of The Year Awards

Stealing the show! Katie Piper oozes sex appeal in bodycon dress at the Daily Mail Inspirational Women Of The Year Awards
By Holly Thomas

Stars stepped out tonight to celebrate the Daily Mail's Inspirational Women Of The Year Awards at the Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square.

And there was no doubt that one in particular stole the spotlight.

Model, television presenter and charity campaigner Katie Piper looked beautiful in a form-fitting bodycon Celeb Boutique dress.


Shining example: Presenter and charity campaigner acid attack victim Katie Piper looked gorgeous as she arrived at the Daily Mail Inspirational Women of the Year Awards at The Marriott Hotel last night

Leading the way: Lisa Faulkner posed alongside Miss Piper on
the red carpet as they arrived

The 29-year-old beamed as she arrived at the event, stopping to pose alongside fellow presenter Lisa Faulkner.

Also in attendance were comedienne, writer,and actress Meera Syal, Vanessa Feltz, and Made In Chelsea stars Caggie Dunlop and Millie Mackintosh.

Journalist and television presenter Esther Rantzen made an appearance, as did Elen Rivas, Emma Forbes and Camilla Dallerup.


Made an appearance: Karen Brady and Emma Forbes both looked thrilled
to take part in the event

And Topshop mogul Sir Philip Green arrived beaming in a suave black suit.

But it was without question Miss Piper who stole the show.

Katie has shown herself to be an astonishing example of resilience, after suffering a brutal attack in 2008 which initially left her scarred beyond recognition.


Ladies' Night: Made In Chelsea stars Caggie Dunlop and Millie Mackintosh showed their faces, as did Meera Syal and Ayesha Dharker

Her spurned ex-boyfriend, marital arts expert Daniel Lynch, now 35, arranged for Stefan Sylvestre, now 22, to throw acid in her face.

Looking back at the months which followed her attack, Katie has said: 'In those days, all I could think was how lucky I was to even be alive. Friends and family were always reminding me it was early days.'

'Seeing myself in the mirror for the first time, with my nose and eyelids burned away, my chest and neck melted like candle wax, was the hardest to accept.'


Bringing the glamour: Elen Rivas and Camilla Dallerup both looked
gorgeous in full-length gowns

With the support of family and friends Katie has gradually come to terms with what happened, as she added: 'I have learned to love my face again, something I once thought impossible.'

She has become a beacon of hope for those who have endured similar experiences, and become a prolific charity campaigner.

Katie delivered Channel 4's 2011 alternative Christmas message, saying: 'Look around the room and cherish every one of your family members.


Here come the girls: Vanessa Feltz and Ester Rantzen were also guests

'Accept them for their good and bad points, because ultimately, when the superficial and material are stripped away, it's friends and family we are left with.'

Before the evening's Inspirational Women celebration, the five finalists - selected from the hundreds of amazing women who were nominated by the Daily Mail’s readers - were invited to Downing Street to meet Samantha Cameron.

‘It’s been an honour to celebrate the achievements of these inspirational women here in Downing Street,’ said Mrs Cameron.

Funny girls: Dawn Porter looked very seasonal in her white coat while fellow comedienne Meera Syal looked elegant in her long black dress

‘I’m delighted that the Daily Mail shines a light on their efforts and experiences. They have such brave and heart-warming stories to tell and I have nothing but awe and admiration for what each of them has accomplished. They are an example to us all.’

Juliet Hope, Julie Jones, Kathy Coe, Angela Lee and Joy O'Neill were all welcomed by Samantha into Number 10.