Acid Attack Victim Takes Part In Beauty Pageants And Proves That The Tragedy Didn’t Break Her
Accidents tend to happen when they are least expected. The tragedy snuck up on Sophie Hall, 21, when on April 17, 2017, she went to a nightclub in Dalston, London, to celebrate her friend’s birthday. There also happened to be Arthur Collins, 25, a kind of local celebrity.
He used to date a reality TV series TOWIE star (The Only Way Is Essex), Ferne McCann.
In the heat of the party the man threw an unknown liquid, which was later established to be acid, out of a container he brought with him. According to different sources 14 to 20 people received injuries of various severity. Sophie was one of them. Later Collins would claim that he hadn’t known what he threw over the dancefloor, and the reason for this behavior was irrepressible joy of upcoming fatherhood. A few days earlier, Ferne McCann, who considered moving in together with her boyfriend and later get married, informed him of her pregnancy.
The injuries Sophie contracted weren’t as bad as they could have been. The acid got on her face, back, left shoulder, and arm.
Luckily, after a while the burns healed, and now there are no traces of scars on her cute face. The worst thing, according to the victim, was the huge public attention the accident gained. The Collins case got extensive coverage by the mass media. Even though the man was sentenced to 20 of prison with early parole, it probably was a poor consolation to his victims.
Sophie recovered relatively fast – and in a year was as beautiful as before the tragedy. However, she couldn’t make a full psychological recovery until she decided to take part in beauty pageants to win. In childhood Sophie Hall used to be a model and learned how to behave in front of cameras and strict judges. She made a dress out of newspaper articles about acid attacks for a local contest to symbolize that she has had learned her lesson and didn’t want to be remembered only as a victim.
It didn’t only help the girl to feel attractive and find inner peace again, as she shared with Good Morning Britain journalists, but also to become an example for those who suffered a similar tragedy. In some moment Sophie realized that even though Collins damaged her appearance, he couldn’t break her and make her forget about the life she had wanted to have.
Some scars, such as on a shoulder, still remind the girl about what happened, but she got to be one of the finalists in Miss England contest, and later plans to step up to the international level.
Unfortunately, not all acid attack victims can restore their appearance. As for Sophie, for her it was more important to get over the tragedy psychologically. We hope that the girl will achieve her goals winning the titles, as well as being an inspiration to people. Her example can help many people to move on and get back to living the lives they had wanted.