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Beautiful. An expression. An adjective. And adjectives are subjective. Particularly the concept of beauty, which is both in the ‘eye of the beholder‘ & ‘only skin deep‘. Take the fable – La Belle et la Bête. Belle was quite a gal. Warm heart. Kind soul. Who didn’t judge la Bête, for his beastly appearance. By looking beyond what he looked like she found her prince. Lucky her. First impressions count. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. But you should take a second look before you make a judgement. That’s the message that hits home in one of Christina Aguilera’s signature songs. The song is ‘Beautiful‘.

A beautiful anthem 
The lyrics of Beautiful focus on three things. The real meaning of beauty. Self-esteem or the lack of it. Insecurity issues that are a direct result of not fitting (for whatever reasons) the acceptable conventions of beauty. The song has been widely embraced as an anthem by the LGBT community for its message of self-empowerment & inner beauty. In 2011, UK LGBT rights organisation Stonewall named ‘Beautiful’ the most empowering song of the previous decade for gay, lesbian & bisexual people. In 2012 it was the song that set the stage & captured the essence of The Soulful Concert. Sung from the heart by Sisters of Soul. A moment captured forever by the team at Now | House in a beautiful video.

Harmony in St. Bride’s
The Soulful Concert was a beautiful event. An evening of harmony, beauty and song. Organised by Sister Snog – starring the voices of many to raise funds for many more. It was an evening of collaboration united by music-&-song. The London Gay Men’s Chorus, All The Kings Men, Eden Voices & The Ukulele Lady joined Sisters of Soul to entertain an audience and support two charities.

The scars of disfigurement
Around the world, the lives of thousands are affected by skin disfiguring illnesses and damage as a result of burns, acid attacks, wounds, limb amputations and cancer. The two beneficiaries of the concert were two charities who deal with the effects of skin disfigurement. Both have two pioneering women at the helm. Both were gracious VIPs at the concert.

RAFT
Skin disfigurement affects lives. And livelihoods. The pioneering research by the formidable team of scientists, surgeons and staff at RAFT has led to breakthrough treatments that save lives, restore lives and improve the quality of life for those with severe skin problems.

Beauty comes in many forms but what is truly beautiful is the support of everyone involved with The Soulful Concert.
Leonor Stjepic
Chief Executive
RAFT

The Katie Piper Foundation
Katie Piper suffered a horrendous acid attack in 2008. Rather than letting this traumatic event ruin her life as well as her face she fought back. Katie’s a beacon of hope. It’s thanks to her (and her beautiful friends) and the foundation, that disfigured people are reconnecting with their lives and their communities. She’s managing to challenge the perceptions of beauty. She’s written about her experience. Made a TV documentary about it. Held two fundraising balls where she was – without doubt the belle of the ball at both. And now life has given her the perfect gift. A beautiful daughter called Belle.

I am proof disfigurement doesn’t have to destroy lives
Katie Piper
Chief Executive
The Katie Piper Foundation