The University of Westminster supported Face Equality Day by hosting a number of events at the Harrow campus, including an exhibition by fine art photographer Linda Hansen and a workshop on media coverage of facial disfigurements.
The workshop was led by Catrin Pugh, who survived a bus accident with 96% burns across her body. Catrin is now an ambassador for the UK charity Changing Faces. She spoke about the accident and the process of recovery, explaining that setting small milestones helped her get back to normal life.
Catrin also described common media portrayals of facial disfigurements, noting that the majority of villain protagonists in cartoons are presented with marks or scars on their faces. She said: “We grew up with this idea that someone evil has something different on their face.”
Referring to the portrayal of her accident in the media, Catrin Pugh said that newspaper headlines often described the case with negative adjectives, such as horrific and horrendous, a narrative she thinks needs to change in future if we are to achieve Face Equality.
Asked about her next milestone, Catrin said that she wants to pursue a University degree in Physiology because of the difference it made for her and many others.