This Cover Girl Has Survived Against All Odds and Lived To Tell It

by
Sameera Ehteram
Meet Turia Pitt is the cover model for The Australian Women's Weekly and the bravest, luckiest woman alive.

She’s not lucky because she appeared on a magazine cover- she is a natural star- she’s lucky for being able to endure all that she did and for rising above it all.

In September 2011 while racing through the Kimberleys in Australia, Turia an ultra-marathoner and a model, along with several others; found herself surrounded by bush fire and suffered burns to 65 per cent of her body. No one, including the doctors believed she would survive.

She proved everyone wrong. It took her more than two years in the hospital and more than a 100 surgeries, to get back on her feet. Her fingers had to be amputated and she had to learn to walk again.

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But she is back again- riding a 20 kilometer race cross country and walking along the Great Wall of China. She is not just doing this for herself but is also helping others like her through her activism. Through all her activities, she has raised funds for the reconstructive surgery charity, Interplast.

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Pitt has also written a book, is a motivational speaker and is pursuing a master's degree in engineering.

“We all have that inner strength, but rarely do we get the chance to see how incredible we truly are. I've had to claw my way back into life -- learn to walk, to talk. All the things I had taken for granted before became seemingly impossible tasks," she says.

So is there any wonder why she is on a magazine cover?

"I feel very humbled," she says.

"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."

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