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Inspirational burns survivor Turia Pitt reveals how she learned to feel attractive again

Turia Pitt has revealed how she came to feel ‘attractive’ again after recovering from horrific burns. 

The 34-year-old suffered horrific burns to 64 per cent of her body when she got caught in a wildfire in Western Australia in 2011, during an ultramarathon.

Afterwards, she had to learn to get to know and love herself all over again, she told The Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday. 

Strong: Turia Pitt (pictured) has revealed how she came to feel ‘attractive’ again after recovering from horrific burns. The 34-year-old suffered horrific burns to 64 per cent of her body when she got caught in a wildfire in Western Australia in 2011, during an ultramarathon

‘Lying in a hospital bed, looking vastly different to how I used to look, I didn’t feel attractive. But my sense of self is really related to my physical abilities,’ she said. 

‘So the more I got my physical strength back, and the quicker I was able to run, the more I felt like the old Turia.’

The public speaker adds that she’s proud of appearing on the cover of magazines and changing the public perception of what is attractive. 

Power: 'Lying in a hospital bed, looking vastly different to how I used to look, I didn't feel attractive. But my sense of self is really related to my physical abilities,' she said. 'The more I got my physical strength back, the quicker I was able to run, the more I felt like the old Turia'

 Power: ‘Lying in a hospital bed, looking vastly different to how I used to look, I didn’t feel attractive. But my sense of self is really related to my physical abilities,’ she said. ‘The more I got my physical strength back, the quicker I was able to run, the more I felt like the old Turia’

Influence: The public speaker adds that she's proud of appearing on the cover of magazines and changing the public perception of what is attractive. Pictured during her photo shoot for The Sydney Morning Herald

Influence: The public speaker adds that she’s proud of appearing on the cover of magazines and changing the public perception of what is attractive. Pictured during her photo shoot for The Sydney Morning Herald 

‘I’m proud of the work I’ve done in this space because I hope I’ve helped to shift the idea of what a cover model looks like. We have people of different shapes and sizes, genders and packages,’ she said.  

She added that she ‘feels her sexiest’ with her partner, Michael Hoskin, ‘which sounds kind of tragic, but I guess lovely at the same time’ she says.  

Turia welcomed her first son, Hakavai, with long-term partner Michael in December 2017. 

Sweet: She added that she 'feels her sexiest' with her partner, Michael Hoskin, 'which sounds kind of tragic, but I guess lovely at the same time' she says

Sweet: She added that she ‘feels her sexiest’ with her partner, Michael Hoskin, ‘which sounds kind of tragic, but I guess lovely at the same time’ she says

Family: Turia welcomed her first son, Hakavai, with long-term partner Michael in December 2017. Pictured with their sons. The couple welcomed their second child, baby boy Rahiti, in February last year. All pictured

Family: Turia welcomed her first son, Hakavai, with long-term partner Michael in December 2017. Pictured with their sons. The couple welcomed their second child, baby boy Rahiti, in February last year. All pictured 

The couple welcomed their second child, baby boy Rahiti, in February last year.  

The pair got engaged in 2015, with Michael previously revealing he bought the diamond ring when Turia was in intensive care in 2011.       

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Turia said she is honest with Hakavai, three, and Rahiti, one, when it comes to her injuries. 

Honest: Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Turia said she is honest with Hakavai, three, and Rahiti, one, when it comes to her injuries

 Honest: Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Turia said she is honest with Hakavai, three, and Rahiti, one, when it comes to her injuries

Frank: 'He might ask me about my fingers, and I'll say 'I was in a fire and I got burnt', which is why I don't have as many as you,' she says. Pictured with Michael during her recovery

Frank: ‘He might ask me about my fingers, and I’ll say ‘I was in a fire and I got burnt’, which is why I don’t have as many as you,’ she says. Pictured with Michael during her recovery 

‘He might ask me about my fingers, and I’ll say ‘I was in a fire and I got burnt’, which is why I don’t have as many as you,’ she says. 

‘Or he might say, ‘Mum, why are you moisturising?’ and I’ll say ‘because I have dry skin, because I got burnt’, and he would be like ‘oh, OK’.

‘I just try to tell him as sincerely as possible. I don’t try and make up an alternative version, I just tell him the truth and have tried to incorporate it into our lives.

‘By talking about it, I think he just understands,’ she added.  

Smart: 'By talking about it, I think he just understands,' she added

 Smart: ‘By talking about it, I think he just understands,’ she added


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