Inspirational burn victim graces the cover of Women’s Weekly
Turia Pitt, who experienced burns to 65pc of her body in a bushfire is this month’s inspiring cover girl.
Australian magazine Women’s Weekly has made a refreshing change from their usual cover girl by featuring burn victim Turia Pitt on the front of their July issue.
Three years ago, 26-year-old Turia experienced burns to 65pc of her body while competing in an ultra-marathon in Kimberley, Western Australia.
Since being caught in raging bushfire, Turia has undergone over 100 surgeries and has spent more than 864 days in hospital. She also lost all of the fingers on her right hand in the blaze.
The runner is now a motivational speaker and an inspiration for others who have suffered similar injuries.
"Being on the cover of the Australian Women's Weekly is a huge honor. I feel very humbled," said Turia.
"For me, it sends the message that confidence equals beauty. There are a lot of women out there who are so beautiful but don’t have the confidence, and that's what gets you over the line."
Women’s Weekly editor in chief Helen McCabe said her decision to place Turia on the cover was one she didn’t think twice about.
"When Turia was photographed as part of our Women of the Future judging panel among a group of similarly impressive Australian women, it was clear from the moment she sat in front of the camera that the July cover had to belong to her," says McCabe.
"Any attempt to describe the magic and beauty of Turia seems to get lost in platitudes or clichés. Yet I have never met a more remarkable person,” she said.
Turia has also spoken about how the accident has strengthened her relationship with her boyfriend Michael Hoskin, who quit his job to care for her fulltime.
“My relationship with Michael before the fire was on a totally different level, because we were just young, we were boyfriend and girlfriend, we'd just moved in together - life was perfect, seemingly perfect.”
But Ms Pitt said she believed she now shares a deeper connection with her partner.
“I've found out just how strong I really am,” she said.
“I'm incredibly fortunate to have found my partner Michael,” she said.
Katie Piper, an English philanthropist and former model, has also become an advocate for burn victims throughout the world after setting up her own charity The Katie Piper Foundation.