You may not have heard of Turia Pitt yet, but the 26-year-old is creating a buzz after inspiring many through her recent cover photo on a popular magazine, that hit stands this week.
Pitt suffered burns over 65 percent of her body, when she was running an ultra marathon in 2011 and got caught in an out-of-control bush fire. Pitt lost most of her right hand and spent almost six months in the hospital. She underwent countless surgeries.
Pitt began sharing the story of her survival, becoming a motivational speaker, author and an ambassador for Interplast, a charity that benefits medical organizations in the Pacific Rim.
As a panel member for The Australian Women’s Weekly’s scholarship program, the magazine editors took a photo of the group panel and during that photo shoot they decided to put Pitt on the cover of the magazine. Not something you see very often in the magazine world.
Australian Women’s Weekly editor-in-chief Helen McCabe said in a statement, “Any attempt to describe the magic and beauty of Turia seems to get lost in platitudes and clichés. Yet I have never met a more remarkable person. The July cover had to belong to her.”
Pitt says the cover was “a huge honor,” and hopes the issue will send the message to women “that confidence equals beauty.” She tells the about her survival and long recovery, calling herself “the luckiest girl in the world.”
You can read people’s comments about how inspirational she is to them here.