1. Instead of featuring the usual movie or TV star on the cover, the new issue of the AWW, on sale this Thursday, puts the spotlight on burns survivor Turia Pitt.
Turia, a mining engineer currently studying a masters degree, suffered burns to 65% of her body when she was trapped in a bushfire during a 100km ultra-marathon in Western Australia in September 2011. Doctors gave her little chance of surviving, but she defied their expectations. She is now a motivational speaker and published author. In the last six months, she has also biked from Sydney to Uluru, swum a 20km race in Lake Argyle in WA, and walked the Great Wall of China, all activities which raised funds for Interplast, a charity that provides free reconstructive surgery to people in developing countries.
2. The AWW has said they chose Turia, pictured below with her partner Michael Hoskin, for the cover, “because she is quite simply one of the most impressive women you will ever hope to meet”.
“When Turia was photographed as part of our Women of the Future judging panel among a group of similarly impressive Australian women [including Jennifer Hawkins, Lisa Wilkinson and Rachel Griffiths], it was clear from the moment she sat in front of the camera that the July cover had to belong to her,” says editor-in-chief Helen 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.”