A Danish magazine publicly apologized after outrage expressed over an image included in its latest issue that featured an extremely thin model.
The Cover magazine image, featuring 16-year-old model Lululeika Ravn Liep, caused controversy and prompted many to express their outrage over Liep’s emaciated appearance. The photo soon started trending on social media thanks to the hashtag #covergate, and became the subject of a Reddit thread that garnered thousands of comments from users.
“I totally understand that in fashion, clothes tend to 'hang' better on slender frames but this is taking it way too far,” one user said. “Not only does she look like a skeleton, her whole complexion and facial expression makes it seem like she is near death.”
Danish Tax Minister Benny Englebrecht took to Twitter to voice his shock and disapproval.
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“I seriously thought that the fashion industry had understood that anorexia is a problem that should be taken seriously," Englebetcht wrote.
Following publication of the photo, Liep’s agent responded to the controversy.
“The model is in a bad time in her life after losing two members of her family,” a rep for the agency said. “So we ask that all comments are made with respect and without calling (her) sick, because it is not.”
Cover magazine founder Malene Malling responded on Facebook, apologizing for her lack in judgement and calling it a “sad day.”
“I have not lived up to my responsibility as a publisher, woman and mother and am truly sorry,” Malling said. “At Cover we have, in all the years, worked to show an expanded beauty ideal,” she said. “(To) show that you can be beautiful in various ages and various sizes. We have always sought to work with healthy girls. Just two months ago we had plus-size model Diana Graham on the front of the Cover, so it is certainly a subject we focus on.”
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