A magazine is receiving an extraordinary amount of backlash after featuring a model that critics have labeled "anorexic."
'Cover,' a Danish 'zine, has since offered a public apology over the incident, which launched the hashtag #covergate and had several commenters on Reddit questioning whether they were looking at a "corpse or a model."
Troede seriøst at modebranchen havde fattet at anoreksi er et problem der skal tages alvorligt #covergate #føj pic.twitter.com/HLqSgI79WF— Benny Engelbrecht (@BennyEngelbrech) February 19, 2015
Troede seriøst at modebranchen havde fattet at anoreksi er et problem der skal tages alvorligt #covergate #føj pic.twitter.com/HLqSgI79WF
The Danish Tax Minister, Benny Englebrecht, even got in on the conversation, posting the image to his Twitter and writing, "I seriously thought that the fashion industry had understood that anorexia is a problem that should be taken seriously."
The founder of 'Cover,' Malene Malling, eventually took to the mag's Facebook page, calling it a "sad day."
"I have not lived up to my responsibility as a publisher, woman and mother and am truly sorry," she wrote, according to 'Cosmo.' "On the 'Cover' we have, in all the years, worked to show an expanded beauty ideal. [To] show that you can be beautiful in various ages and various sizes."
RELATED STORY: Plus-Size Model Tess Holliday Proves Haters Wrong, Poses for High Fashion Magazine
Malling added, "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."
In Europe and Asia particularly, there have been concerted efforts to stop the promotion of rail thin models in the fashion industry. Israel even went so far as to ban any models with a body mass index of less than 18.5 from walking in runway shows.
What do you think of the picture? Sound off in the comments section below!
Your life just got exponentially better and more stylish now you've signed up for our newsletter. Fabulousness awaits!