Burns survivor magazien cover inspired
Burns survivor magazien cover 'inspired'

The new issue of The Australian Women's Weekly is winning praise for featuring inspirational burns survivor Turia Pitt as its cover girl.

Pitt suffered burns to almost 65 per cent of her body when she was caught in a bushfire while running an ultra-marathon in WA in 2011.

She has gone on to become a motivational speaker and fundraiser for reconstructive surgery charity, Interplast.

Pitt told the July issue of The Australian Women's Weekly being put on the magazine's cover is a “huge honour”.

“For me, it sends the message that confidence equals beauty,“ she said.

“There are a lot of women out there who are so beautiful but don't have the confidence.”

“That's what gets you over the line.”

The magazine's editor Helen McCabe said words failed when trying to describe Pitt's dignity and resilience.

“Any attempt to describe the magic and beauty of Turia seems to get lost in platitudes or cliches,” McCabe said.

“I have never met a more remarkable person.”

The cover has been praised by industry figures, with Studio 10 host Sarah Harris calling it “inspired”.

“Will be surprised if this doesn't win industry awards,” writer Benjamin Law tweeted.

Meanwhile, columnist Suzanne Carbone said Pitt's shoot was a “bold and beautiful move” by the publication.

But ABC reporter Blythe Moore arguably put it best: “An absolute inspiration, a beautiful woman and a perfect cover girl.” Pitt's book, Everything to Live For, was published in September last year.

AAP

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