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Australian Women's Weekly July 2014 cover. / Australian Women's Weekly/Twitter screenshot

Australian Women's Weekly decided to feature burn victim Turia Pitt as the cover girl for its July issue, and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.

Pitt, who was part of a panel for the mag's annual Women of the Future scholarship awards, was chosen for her inspirational story.

She suffered burns to 64% of her body after being caught in a bushfire three years ago while running an ultramarathon in western Australia, according to the magazine.

She defied medical experts' initial opinions with her recovery. The mining engineer has since been very active with charities and written a novel. She says she feels like the "luckiest girl in the world."

"For me, it sends the message that confidence equals beauty" Pitt told the magazine. "There are a lot of women out there who are so beautiful but don't have the confidence, and that's what gets you over the line."

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