A Danish fashion magazine has been forced to apologize for featuring a very thin model in its pages.
After social media condemned Cover magazine for using the model, the mag admitted on its Facebook page that it shouldn't have put the model in the issue.
"Over the years, we have worked to show an expanded beauty ideal and to show that you can be beautiful in various ages and various sizes. We have always sought to work with healthy girls," wrote publisher Malene Malling.
Although Malling wrote that the incident was "a very sad day for me," she reminded readers that the magazine featured a plus-size model on the cover two months earlier. (So they deserve a pat on the back, then? Yeesh.)
"I have not lived up to my responsibility as a publisher, woman and mother, and I am truly very sorry," she wrote.
Danish Tax Minister Benny Englebrecht took to Twitter to condemn the magazine, writing, "I seriously thought that the fashion industry had understood that anorexia is a problem that should be taken seriously.
Other people voiced their disgust with the magazine on Twitter, claiming it was a dangerous message to send to young girls.
This is disgraceful and dangerous for young girls... #covergate— M Baeza (@namaste373) February 21, 2015
Just seen the model at the center of the #covergate scandal. She's extremely thin. Reckless for the magazine to have published the photo.— Della Mbaya (@M_Della) February 20, 2015
To be fair, thin models are used in most fashion magazines and we shouldn't shame them for their size. However, it's also up to magazines to be balanced in their coverage and use models of all shapes and sizes on a regular basis rather than just thin models.
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