This Is Probably The Best Women’s Magazine Cover Ever

Burns survivor Turia Pitt is the amazing covergirl for the July issue of popular magazine The Australian Women’s Weekly.

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.”

3. Turia told the AWW that being on the cover was an honour. “For me, it sends the message that confidence equals beauty.”

4. Although not yet on sale, the cover is already garnering widespread praise on social media.

I will be buying my first copy of @WomensWeeklyMag Bravo for putting @TuriaPitt on the cover.

— Rebecca Morse (@RebeccaMorse10)

@WomensWeeklyMag @TuriaPitt I'm buying that when it hits the shelves. Can't wait to see how well Turia is living. #storyofsubstance

— Sue Bee (@SuezeQ1)

@WomensWeeklyMag @TuriaPitt @helenmccabe wow, love the cover, this story and what it speaks of at so many levels, truly joyfully impressed.

— Catia Malaquias (@CatiaMalaquias)

What STUNNING cover shoot for the Australian Women's Weekly @helenmccabe - Bravo! Beautiful, as always @TuriaPitt xx”

— Lauren Rose Burke (@LaurenRoseBurke)

Excellent choice for the cover of the Australian Women’s Weekly.

— Jeremy Travers (@JeremyTravers)

Well done @helenmccabe & @brycecorbett for showcasing @TuriaPitt on @WomensWeeklyMag's front cover! She's such an incredible woman #inspired

— Gianna Dalla-Vecchia (@promenadewithme)

Really proud to see @TuriaPitt grace the cover of @WomensWeeklyMag July issue - she encapsulates the very definition of bravery and courage.

— Aleczander Gamboa (@aleczZzander)

Great work @WomensWeeklyMag for featuring Interplast ambassador @TuriaPitt on the July front cover. Turia is an amazing & inspiring woman.

— Interplast (@interplastanz)

Cover of the year: “@WomensWeeklyMag: The inspiring @TuriaPitt joins exclusive ranks of Women's Weekly cover stars ”

— Jenna Clarke (@jennamclarke)

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Jenna Guillaume is Editor-at-Large for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney.
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