Miranda Kerr’s nude cover of Harper’s Bazaar Australia was recently pulled from supermarkets in Australia and deemed “inappropriate.”
Coles supermarket reps made the call to remove copies of the magazine’s January/February 2016 issue from newsstands after receiving complaints from customers about the display being too salacious, they claim. The number of issues that were pulled ranges in the thousands.
“In response to feedback from our customers, many of whom shop with their children, we removed the magazine from sale earlier this week,” the company wrote in a statement. Another spokesperson said, “We didn’t think the cover was appropriate for our stores so the decision was made.”
The final cover shot features Kerr posing naked from head to toe, but the actress and editors say she wore a G-string during the shoot that was later Photoshopped out of the picture.
Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Kellie Hush told the publication she was disappointed regarding the decision by Coles and their refusal to “recognise the artistic integrity in this image.” Earlier in the week, she said the image celebrated femininity.
“We’re now living in an era of Victoria Secret Angels, stolen nude photos and attempts to break the internet with reality stars in provocative poses,” Hush said. “Harper’s Bazaar has long celebrated the daring woman — someone with vision, commitment, style - and a total lack of fear. Miranda may be naked but she’s a trailblazer and this cover celebrates this.”
Indeed, semi-nude magazine covers have become so de rigueur that it’s hard to imagine people still getting irate over them enough to file actual complaints—and yet, somehow, they do!
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Image via Harper’s Bazaar