ED’S LETTER

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - Sar­rah

Six years ago, Turia Pitt was a name un­fa­mil­iar to most Aus­tralians. Then, in Septem­ber 2011, she be­came en­gulfed by flames when a blaze swept through an ul­tra­ma­rathon in the Kim­ber­ley re­gion and suf­fered burns to 65 per cent of her body. Her coura­geous tale of sur­vival has since in­spired mil­lions of peo­ple both at home and over­seas but, as she tells Stel­lar, she doesn’t want her life to be de­fined by what she sim­ply refers to as “the fire”. The forth­right Pitt is not one to play along with the sac­cha­rine ex­pec­ta­tions that a Hollywood scriptwriter might have if they were to adapt her life into a movie. While she is clearly be­sot­ted with fi­ancé Michael Hoskin, and im­mensely grate­ful for his un­wa­ver­ing sup­port, she is also re­fresh­ingly can­did about her own worth as a bride-to-be. “Peo­ple tell me I’m so lucky to have Michael – but I’m pretty awe­some,” she tells writer Angela Mollard. “I didn’t at­tract Michael be­cause I was lucky, but be­cause I’ve got a lot of qual­i­ties he likes and re­spects and is at­tracted to.” Now that should make for some spir­ited wed­ding vows.

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