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In 2019, as part of Face Equality Week, we published new, independent research into the experiences of people with a visible difference.
Our My Visible Difference report covered key issues including employment, health and wellbeing, dating and relationships.
We commissioned polling company ComRes to carry out independent research into life with visible difference. The research found:
- Millions of people in the UK identify as having a visible difference such as a mark, scar or condition that affects their appearance.
- One in three people say that they feel depressed, sad or anxious as a result of having a visible difference.
- Six in 10 people have experienced hostile behaviour from strangers.
- Over a third have been discriminated against in job applications because of their appearance.
- More than half of people with visible differences are regularly ignored by brands.
Millions of adults with a visible difference told us they feel excluded from public life, often facing loneliness, isolation and even hostility.
The report was launched at a special event at The Telegraph’s newsroom and hosted by their editor emeritus Ian MacGregor.
He introduced a panel discussion chaired by Asif Sadiq MBE, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging for The Telegraph Media Group. The panel featured:
- Vicky Knight, Dirty God actor.
- Baroness Williams of Trafford, Minister of State for Countering Extremism and Minister of State for Equalities.
- Natalie Ambersley, Changing Faces’ campaigner.
Over 100 schools across England and Scotland received our Face Equality pack and our ambassadors met with leading businesses to share our Pledge To Be Seen campaign. We secured news coverage of our report and Changing Faces campaigners shared their experiences on TV, radio and in print.
Our campaigners took over Changing Faces’ social media feeds and stories of My Visible Difference were shared on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. There was lots of coverage of our Pledge To Be Seen partnership with Avon UK and the Committee of Advertising Practice even issued a special bulletin to brands and advertisers in support of our guidance for the media and creative industries.