You’re about to see the most striking, important photograph to appear on the front cover of an Australian magazine. Ever.
Turia Pitt is brave, we know that for sure.
She survived unimaginable pain with such grace and tenacity after being caught up in a bushfire with several other runners during a marathon in Western Australia in September 2011 and surviving burns to 65 percent of her body.
Since then, we’ve all followed her remarkable recovery and her extraordinary courage in regaining her strength and her life. Every person who meets Turia swears that she is the most amazing person they’ve ever met.
Even so, she’s not a natural for a magazine cover.
This is an industry that retouches even the most physically perfect women. Models, actresses and reality stars usually, whose careers are defined by their physical beauty. It’s an industry that routinely reviles anyone older than 25, larger than a size 8 or with any form of imperfection. An industry where it’s still a big deal to put a black woman on the front cover or even on its inside pages.
Magazines trade on aspiration and glamour, which usually means putting a flawless, fake photograph of someone whose job is to be professionally beautiful. That’s why you’ll see this cover sitting alongside others at the supermarket, featuring a half-dressed Katy Perry, a Photoshopped Miranda Kerr and a handful of Kardashians.