A photo of Canadian figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond featured on The Globe and Mail's front page on Monday is sparking outrage.

The Globe's public editor, Sylvia Stead, blasted the newspaper's decision to feature a photo of the 17-year-old Osmond, which shows the figure skater's crotch as she lifts her leg mid-twirl on the ice. See the full front page below.

Stead wrote on Twitter:


Sylvia Stead
Photo on front today is not acceptable in my view & readers. More later.

"Photo on #globeandmail front today is not acceptable in my view & readers," she wrote.

Stead later went into more detail in a post on the Globe's community blog.

"While the news imperative is to show action photos of athletes, there were many other photos of Kaetlyn and the other victorious Canadian skaters that could have shown their strength and grace," she wrote.

The Globe's media reporter Steve LaDurantaye asked Osmond on Twitter what she thought of the photo. "I really like that picture," she responded online.

Osmond also spoke with Maurie Sherman of the Roz & Mocha Show on KiSS 92.5 Toronto.

When asked whether she found the photo inappropriate she said: "Our skirts go flying all the time so we're used to it so we don't find it that offensive."

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Some better photos of Osmond

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  • A photo of figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond featured on The Globe and Mail's front page on Monday caused a wee bit of controversy for its rather sharp focus on the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/18/kaetlyn-osmond-globe-and-mail-front-page_n_2900146.html" target="_blank">Canadian athlete's crotch</a>. Here are some better images of Osmond from the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario, and the ISU Grand Prix late last year.

  • Osmond performs her free program in the women's competition at the World Figure Skating Championships, Saturday, March 16, 2013, in London, Ontario.

  • Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada skates her free program in the ladies competition at the 2012 Skate Canada International ISU Grand Prix event in Windsor on October 27, 2012. Osmond won the gold medal.

  • Kaetlyn Osmond performs during the closing gala at the World Figure Skating Championships Sunday, March 17, 2013 in London, Ontario.

  • Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada performs during the exhibition program at the World Figure Skating Championships Sunday, March 17, 2013, in London, Ontario.

  • Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada, performs during the ladies short program at the World Figure Skating Championships Thursday, March 14, 2013, in London, Ontario.

  • Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada skates in the Ladies Short Program during the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Budweiser Gardens on March 14, 2013 in London, Ontario, Canada.

  • Kaetlyn Osmond competing for Canada practises at Budweiser Gardens in preparation for the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario, Canada, March 12, 2013. Skaters from around the globe are preparing for the competition which starts on Wednesday.

  • Kaetlyn Osmond, of Canada, performs during the free skate program in the ladies competition at the World Figure Skating Championships Saturday, March 16, 2013, in London, Ontario.

  • Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada skates in the exhibition gala at the 2012 Skate Canada International ISU Grand Prix event in Windsor, Ontario, October 28, 2012.

  • Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada skates her free program in the ladies competition at the 2012 Skate Canada International ISU Grand Prix event in Windsor on October 27, 2012.

  • Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada reacts to her first place marks in the free program of the ladies competition at the 2012 Skate Canada International ISU Grand Prix event in Windsor on October 27, 2012. Osmond won the gold medal ahead of Japan's Akiko Suzuki and Kanako Murakami.

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