Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Is this the most important magazine cover ever?

turia-hero-yes.gif
great-wall-hero.gif

Australian magazine The Australian Women's Weekly this month features burns victim, Turia Pitt, on its cover in a move that many have dubbed the boldest cover decision ever.

The national magazine, which usually features movie stars and pop singers, has chosen to put inspirational marathon runner Turia Pitt, 26, on its July cover.

Pitt was trapped in an out-of-control bushfire while taking part in an Australian marathon in 2011. She suffered burns that covered 64% of her body, including her face.

She was in hospital for six months following the fire, where she lost part of her hands, feet and ears, and had to wear compression bandages to heal her skin.

But following her recovery, she has become an ambassador for the charity Interplast, which works to provide reconstructive surgery to underprivileged people. Pitt has taken part in a number of events to raise money for not-for-profit organisation, including riding a bicycle from Sydney to Ayer's Rock, swimming a 20km race in Australia's largest lake, Lake Argyle and walking the Great Wall of China.

Turia Pitt walking the Great Wall of China earlier this year

Her courage and dedication inspired the Australian Women's Weekly team to invite her to join the panel for their Women of the Future scholarship awards.

Editor Helen McCabe said that there was no question of which member of the panel would feature on the cover of the magazine to promote the awards. "When Turia was photographed... among a group of similarly impressive Australian women, it was clear from the moment she sat in front of the camera that the July cover had to belong to her."

"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."

The judging panel for the Australian Women's Weekly Women of the Future awards

The magazine has been praised for featuring the burns victim on its cover. In an industry where cover stars are artificially slimmed down and magazines are criticised for lack of diversity, both readers and media peers have praised the editorial team's choice.

Accolades have been flowing in across the internet, with readers praising the magazine on Facebook and Twitter, saying "I rarely buy your magazine. I also bought this month's edition to applaude both Turia and your editor. Thank you for putting on the cover a brave women who is a role model for all women and shows us what real beauty is."

Pitt said in the magazine that "being on the cover of The Australian Women's Weekly is a huge honour. I feel very humbled. 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."

We couldn't agree more.

Related

rexfeatures-3035984bt.jpg

Strewth! Australian slang is 'dying out'

kimk-voguecover.jpg

Kim and Kanye on the cover of US Vogue

rexfeatures_402736u.jpg

Australian women allowed on front line

nigella-hero.jpg

Nigella Lawson stuns on cover of Vogue

j17hero.jpg

The magazine that changed our life

hero.jpg

Beyoncé stars on the cover of Time magazine's 'most influential' issue

Comments

More

The Dynasty reboot you've all been dreaming of is coming to Netflix

Big hair, big shoulder pads, big drama

by Nicola Colyer
23 Jun 2017

Lady Gaga just proved that she really isn't like the rest of us

Not your average hiking gear

by Nicola Colyer
23 Jun 2017

Bill Cosby will give talks on how to avoid sexual assault allegations

“They need to know... when they are doing certain things they shouldn’t be doing.”

by Amy Swales
23 Jun 2017

Everything we know about the Downton Abbey film so far

Next year, people. NEXT YEAR.

by Nicola Colyer
23 Jun 2017

White House responds to claims the Queen “snubbed” President Trump

But did the Queen really do this on purpose?

by Kayleigh Dray
23 Jun 2017

Ellen DeGeneres catches audience member stealing, publicly shames her

Top tip? Don’t steal from Ellen DeGeneres

by Kayleigh Dray
23 Jun 2017

Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick lined up for new thriller

"A feverish and expertly plotted tale of psychological suspense"

by Nicola Colyer
22 Jun 2017

We bloody love Kate Beckinsale’s hilarious Manspreading Action Plan

She knows exactly what to do when a man spreads his legs

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Jun 2017

This is what Amanda Knox’s Instagram account looks like

The Seattle native has made her feed public

by Anna Brech
22 Jun 2017

Prince Harry is still haunted by memories of Princess Diana’s funeral

‘I don’t think any child should be asked to do what I did’

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Jun 2017