Danish Lifestyle Magazine Caught Up in #Covergate

EIC apologizes via Facebook for photo of a model perceived to be anorexic.

Never mind the tasteless Daily Mail headline “Give That Girl Some Bacon…” Anorexia, and-or the perception thereof, are serious issues.

The furor involves 16-year-old Danish model Lululeika Ravn Liep (pictured). Even though her reps insist she is not anorexic, a photo of her in the latest issue of Denmark’s Cover magazine has given that impression to many, sparking Reddit and Twitter outrage. As a result, the magazine’s EIC Malene Malling has felt the need to apologize via Facebook. Here’s her message to readers, translated by news.com.au:

I have not lived up to my responsibility as a publisher, woman and mother and am truly sorry. At 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. 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.

The hashtag #covergate is somewhat confusing, in that Lululeika is not on the cover. That’s just, again, the name of the Danish magazine, inside which she can be found. Per that aforementioned Daily Mail report, here’s the comment from the model’s reps:

Her agency Scoop have been quick to defend her saying: ‘The model is in a bad time in her life after losing two members of her family. So we ask that all comments are made ​​with respect and without calling [her] sick, because it is not.”

This all started a week ago, on Danish social media. The resulting English-language Reddit thread was provocatively titled: “Corpse or Model?

[Photo via: @BennyEngelbrech]