Burn victim makes the cover of Australian magazine

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Here's a woman who inspires us with her courage and strength.

When Ms Turia Pitt was caught in a brush fire in 2011, she suffered burns to 65 per cent of her body.

The former model was disfigured and lost some of her fingers. Doctors said she had a slim chance of surviving.

But Pitt did not give up. She did not despair.

We're not sure we could have done the same.

Her inspiring grit and determination has landed her on the cover of next month's The Australian Women's Weekly magazine.

The 26-year-old was running an ultra marathon when she got caught in a brush fire in Kimberley, Australia. She is one of four who were injured in the incident.

Huffington Post reported that Pitt underwent 100 operations and spent more than 864 days in hospital fighting for her life.

In 2012, Pitt and another runner were given about A$450,000 (S$530,000) by the government of Western Australia. Pitt also reportedly settled with the race organisers for A$10m.

The mining engineer has emerged from the ordeal stronger than ever.

She is now an author.

A motivational speaker. 

And an ambassador for Interplast, a reconstructive surgery charity.

Incredibly, the amazing woman has not lost her love for the outdoors.

Huffington Post reported that the incident made Pitt realise how strong she really was.

"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 said.

On making the cover, she told The Australian Woman's Weekly: ""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."

Sources: Huffington Post, Mail Online, People magazine, The Globe and MailThe Australian Woman's Weekly

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