A lot of burns survivors do their best to turn situations around after such a traumatic experience by inspiring people. Turia Pitt is one of those inspirations that the world has started to take note of. She appears on the cover of iconic magazine The Australian Women’s Weekly, and her story is one that needs to be told.
Three years ago, Turia, 26, was caught in a bushfire whilst running an ultra-marathon in The Kimberley, Western Australia, suffering burns to 64 per cent of her body. Though doctors initially gave her only the slimmest chance of surviving, she has since defied expectation and staged a recovery which has astonished all medical experts.
In the past six months alone she has ridden a bicycle from Sydney to Uluru for charity, swum a 20 kilometre race in Western Australia’s Lake Argyle and walked the Great Wall of China – all to raise funds for the reconstructive surgery charity, Interplast.
Speaking on being on the cover of Australian Women’s Weekly, Turia Pitt states, “Being on the cover of The Australian Women’s Weekly is a huge honour. “I feel very humbled. 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.”
In he magazine, Turia reflects on the past three years of her life – from surviving the bushfire that almost killed her, to the remarkable love of her partner, Michael Hoskin that did so much to underpin her recovery – and says she feels like “the luckiest girl in the world.”
Read more about Turia Pitt Here and Here. We love Australian Women’s Weekly, for putting such an amazing, inspirational woman on their cover. For more information on Turia and her message, you can follow her on Twitter.