Every now and then, the media gets it right. In this case, print media knocked it out of the park by honoring a truly deserving woman for real things, like bravery, strength and perseverance. All too often our very small world promotes characteristics that people have no control over (physical appearance, family history or reputation) or things we idolize for no reason other than envy (money, cars or houses). Sometimes, even, our world praises people for no reason at all (Kardashians?).
However, Australia’s best-selling magazine, The Australian’s Women’s Weekly, bypassed the photoshopped, airbrushed models and displayed a real woman – someone worthy of the cover, Turia Pitt.
The magazine explains, “Three years ago, Turia, 26, was caught in a bushfire whilst running an ultra-marathon in The Kimberley, Western Australia, suffering burns to 64 percent of her body. Though doctors initially gave her only the slimmest chance of surviving, she has since defied expectation(s?) and staged a recovery which has astonished all medical experts.”
With past covers including Nicole Kidman, the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George’s baby picture, Pitt is truly in good company. Though they are all beautiful and talented in their own right, Turia Pitt leads the inspirational and bravery section all on her own (in my opinion.)
“Being on the cover of The Australian Women’s Weekly is a huge honour,” says Turia. “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.”
Supporters of the magazine cover are voicing their opinions on social, congratulating the magazine for doing something “gutsy” by deviating from the normal magazine covers.
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) June 25, 2014
Kudos to Australian Women’s Weekly for emphasizing strength and true beauty. Do you know of any other inspiring females that deserve a magazine cover?
top photo via Turia Pitt Facebook