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.