Life always doesn’t go our way. We experience hurdles and tragedies that may either break us or make us. For former model Turia Pitt, having 64 percent of her body burned by a bush fire did not stop her from being the woman that she is today– an inspiration for many.
In 2011, Turia was in an ultra marathon in Australia when she got trapped in a bush fire. The doctors thought she would not survive. However, she defied the odds and endured the years-long process of healing. She had to wear a protective mask on her face for two years. She had endured 200 operations.
All the while, her boyfriend Michael Hoskin never left her side, Turia told ABC News (Australia). He even quit his job as a policeman to take care of her. Turia does not look the way she was before with her burnt skin. But Michael’s love prevailed and he even proposed to her in 2015 during a vacation in the Maldives. He always tells her she is beautiful.
Since the accident, Turia always tells people that she does not want their pity. She just wants to go on with her life. She still loves to go running, hiking, go out for a surf, or do athletic or outdoor activities. She is not ashamed of how she looks and she wants others who have gone the same path as hers to feel the same. The burns may have destroyed her skin physically, but internally she remains a strong and motivated woman.
This is me crossing the Kona Ironman World Championships finish line in 2016. Almost exactly five years to the day that doctors told me I would never run again. It’s a pretty epic shot right? Which is fitting because, it was, after all, a pretty epic moment. But what this photo doesn’t show is the mornings I didn’t want to get up for training, the weeks it felt like I just wasn’t making any progress and the days where I just wanted to give up. The reality is, trying to improve yourself takes hard work. Whether you’re trying to start a business, get out of debt, run a 10km or do an Ironman – it’s never easy. Success all comes down to your mindset. How you view your challenges, how you tackle obstacles – that’s the key to living a kickass life and achieving the things you dream about. It’s why I developed my mindset coaching course School of Champions, to unpack all of the strategies and mindset hacks I’ve used to shape my mindset for the better. I’m so excited that the doors to SOC are open for another round. This will be the second and final intake for 2018, so I’m stoked to get started! So, if you want to make changes in your life this year, or if there’s something that you really want to achieve, or maybe even just a feeling of “stuckness” that you want to push through, think about joining me in SOC. I’d love to help you get there. More details in my bio and in stories. T x
23.9k Likes, 384 Comments – Turia (@turiapitt) on Instagram: “This is me crossing the Kona Ironman World Championships finish line in 2016. Almost exactly five…”
Thus, fast forward today, she and her husband Michael are the proud parents to 2-year-old son Hakavai.
She has also written several books about her experience and to raise awareness about how beauty is only superficial. What matters is what’s inside a person’s heart.
Absolutely STOKED to see the YA edition of ‘Unmasked’ made the shortlist for the @readingsbooks Young Adult Book Prize. They described it as ‘down to earth and goofy’ – the latter is probably the best possible description of my work! 😂 To celebrate, I’ve bundled up my teen books (Good Selfie and Unmasked YA) and put them on sale! Perfect gift for a teen you know. Link in bio xx
8,540 Likes, 120 Comments – Turia (@turiapitt) on Instagram: “Absolutely STOKED to see the YA edition of ‘Unmasked’ made the shortlist for the @readingsbooks…”
Hey you! I’m going to be in Melbourne on the 8 August talking all things GOOD SELFIE. Can’t promise you a smug pose like in this pic*, but I can promise you: A) A great chat about confidence, self-esteem and building resilience for kids B) A killer MC in the form of the fantabulous @emmylou_loves C) A warm seat out of the blustery Melbourne weather 😂. I really hope to see you there for an awesome evening. Link in bio to reserve your ticket!❤️❤️❤️ *It’s me. Of course there’ll be numerous smug poses. 📷 by Jason Lerace
10.7k Likes, 295 Comments – Turia (@turiapitt) on Instagram: “Hey you! I’m going to be in Melbourne on the 8 August talking all things GOOD SELFIE. Can’t promise…”
For her, having to survive despite the critical nature of her burns was a God-given miracle. Also, she is grateful to have Michael by her side throughout her journey toward healing and to share her future with.
Today, they are a family of three. But they will soon be a family of four as Turia is pregnant with her second child. She announced the exciting news on Instagram. Now Turia also runs “School of Champions,” an online mindset coaching program that helps people achieve their goals or the things that matter to them.
In 2011, Turia Pitt suffered horrific burns when a bushfire trapped her and other competitors during an ultra marathon across the Kimberley region. She’s undergone 16 gruelling operations and her boyfriend Michael has been with her all the way.