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Danish Magazine Cover Issues Apology for Publishing Underweight Model

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All the details from Daily Mail:

A magazine has been forced to apologise for using a ‘skeleton’-like model in its latest issue. The publisher of Danish magazine, Cover, Malene Malling called it a ‘sad day’ after online backlash and anger over the decision to feature Lululeika in a fashion feature. Malling said: ‘I have not lived up to my responsibility as a publisher, woman and mother and am truly sorry.’

The picture was originally posted on Reddit where many users rushed to comment on the appearance of the 16-year-old model whose full name is Lululeika Ravn Liep. One named ‘Lincolnparkafterdark,’ said: ‘I genuinely don’t understand how a look this emaciated can be considered beautiful or fashionable or sexy in any country/culture. This poor girl clearly needs help. It’s obvious she’s not healthy. It’s so detrimental to young girls around the world to glamorize eating disorders.’

After the apology was posted to the magazine’s Facebook many of their readers were still not happy. One woman commented: ‘[It is] Super easy for you to show all of them (us) who doubt the sincerity of your excuse that you really mean what you say. You donate simply last year’s profits to the Mental Health Foundation or the Association on Eating Disorders, so they can do something for all the girls daily battling anorexia !!!! [sic].’

The Danish Tax Minister Benny Englebrecht was one of many who took to Facebook and to voice his disgust at the image saying: ‘I seriously thought that the fashion industry had understood that anorexia is a problem that should be taken seriously.’

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Alias
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Alias

Cute face, nice legs, but not very memorable. The shot in the magazine is very unflattering. She looks much better in the runway picture.

Nino
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Nino

Nice legs? Oh my…

Alias
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Alias

Yeah it’s my opinion, you don’t have to agree, I don’t see the problem?

Sarah
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Sarah

Because the article is linking her to anorexia?

notsoeasy
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notsoeasy

No offence against you Alias, but I seriously hope you don’t work anywhere near the medical career. (I hugely doubt it as well)

I wonder what made you hate any girl that isn’t model size and adore the skin and bones look, must be traced back to the way you were raised…

Thankfully, I had a good environment, where people love bread, cheese, wine, everything in moderation. 🙂

Nino
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Nino

Did i attack you? Yes, i disagree, there’s no problem.

lc
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I like her legs too.

Renee
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Renee

Absolutely no one who regularly comments here is surprised by that, lc. And yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

Nathalie
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Nathalie

I think you slightly missed the point here…

Alias
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Alias

What point did I miss, I commented on what I think of her looks, not what I think about her health.

Tara Lynn has a pretty face, but do I think she’s healthy? No. But lord forbid I find a runway model to have nice legs, luckily I’m not the only one, plenty of other people do. Men find it attractive too. So peace.

Nathalie
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Nathalie
I don’t mean that you don’t have a right to your opinion, off course you do. Just imagine the situation in real life though: seeing an anorexic girl with a minister next to her saying: this girls needs help and just looking at her and going: “I don’t know… I kind of like her legs”. I’d hope that the point of this website is not only to judge every person by its body’s but also give a critical look at the way we perceive women’s bodies. For me this post mainly highlighted that the emphasis on “the skinnier the better”… Read more »
Alias
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Alias

OK cool I already justified myself in other comments, don’t feel like repeating my words, go read them if you want.

Calia
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Calia

Yeah, there’s no need to publish images like these. It’s just nasty.

claud
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claud

agree. so why is guliana rancic still on E??!! it’s just as irresponsible! I’m surprised people haven’t banded together to write E network.

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AlyssaMoh
i think this person is an extreme, opposite to the plus sized models, but still extreme. I miss the days of Naomi, Turlington and the other fit, but very slim physiques, and beautiful faces. I still think Giselle works that type, and to some degree, Candice and Doutzen I feel kind of bad that everyone is basically calling her unsexy, unattractive, that must be hard to hear, but her agents who book her obviously cater to clients who like the super skinny look. Again, go after the fashion industry and the designers as well – they are the ones who… Read more »
HB
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Very sad. She looks ill. Good for the magazine apologizing. Surprised the tax minister commented.

bbblah
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bbblah

I’m usually not the one to defend the skinnny trend but she’s also 16. yes she looks like an anorexic patient I’ve taken care of but she also looks like a few 16 year olds on the street.

Alias
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Alias

Yeah she’s very young. I think her hands are what really freaks people out since that’s all you can see in the magazine shot, and they do look quite weird in the runway shot as well.

lc
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…But if it were a plus size model, like a size 24 woman, I bet anything people would be crying foul, saying that she was getting called out for being fat, fat-shaming, etc.; heaven forbid.

aline
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aline

So agreed lc,unlike you I am not fond of skinny girls but this was what I thought too when I read the topic.Everyday we see a plus size model,some of them look really big,fat rolls here and thete etc.Yet,sometimes they even photoshop them to a point they look normal and serve it as plus size. I mean media seems to be very confused as to this topic.Overweight is as unhealthy as underweight.

Calia
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Calia

Fat girls get called out all the time and nobody cares. Stop living in a fantasy world.

Jackie
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Jackie

I think both being under- and overweight are bad for your health. However being underweight becomes dangerous faster than being overweight. I mean what in your opinion is more unhealthy: being a bmi of 14 (5 bmi points underweight) or 30 (5 bmi points overweight)?. Personally I feel quite strongly about comunicating the harms of anorexia because a close friend has suffered from it and has been hospitalized several times.
But I agree that being overweight is unhealthy too and I honestly don’t think the whole fat acceptance thing is helping us fight the obesity epidemic.

Allie
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Allie

Because: When commented upon like this ^ It is because we feel bad for her, because she is probably under a lot of pressure from the fashion industry.
When we are dealing with an obese person, that is a personal choice, and that shouldn’t be judged.
Of course, i don’t think it’s the poor girl whom the comments should be aimed at, but instead a sick and infected industry, that empowers an unhealthy lifestyle, and takes advantage of gullible teen girls.

liv
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It’s sad that the girl who may or may not have a mental disorder was subjected to this… But if they have to apologize for too thin models then when they use obese models they sould apologies as well… I mean if health is the issues they are concerned about… Or how about they list the tight, weight, bmi, blood pressure, clostrole, white blood cell count and so on of the models in each spread. Either way an extreme orange the answer.

jackie
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jackie

In the first photo she looks very thin indeed. Scarily so. In the second one on the runway she looks skinny too, but 90% of runway models look exactly that way too… So I’m not sure targeting that magazine and especially the young girl on the photo is right. The whole fashion industry has a problem in that respect imo! But I honestly don’t see how that’s ever going to change, sadly.

james
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I’m not certain that this is the way to go, after all if someone is that skinny, that is what they look like, it’s almost like saying that person shouldn’t be seen in public, because we don’t find their appearance acceptable. Sometimes people make the case that being unusually tall and skinny, might give people a poor impression of what the average person looks like, but if that is the argument, why not say the same about anyone with a physical appearance outside of the norm, say being much shorter, should Micheal j fox, not have been in movies, because… Read more »
Snugglepup
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Snugglepup
Yes, also it’s a bit “easier” for tall people to be “accidentally” thin. Many eat less calories compared to what their body can burn and compared to what a short persons body can burn. They may eat the same but it results in a different way. Pretty basic mathematics. The whole “naturally” thin is very questionable in my mind, sure there are fast metabolisms but in most cases it’s as simple as it can be: eating in a way you maintain a lower weight. I would state that it is harder to gain weight than what it is to lose… Read more »
Hannah Louisa
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She’s so skinny…it’s not beautiful to me anymore.

cari
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cari

Wow! She really does look skeletal in the first picture. I am not going to assume eating disorder, I don’t know her, and maybe she is just naturally very thin. However, I think the magazines need to not use models like her. I would love to see magazines use athletic models. Not super thin models, or overweight (often referred to as “curvy”) but strong women, that workout, have muscle on them, and live a healthy lifestyle. That is what we should be having young girls aspire to. Sigh….maybe one day.

Italiana
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Italiana
I’m Danish and it has been a heated debate. However, people forget to mention that it was revealed she HAS BEEN quote: “going through a hard time lately”. It was insinuated that is was something related to eating habits and I agree. While I am aware that some people are naturally skinny/slim, however, she does not look well. what chocked me most was the ignorant and embarrasing CEO of the modelling-agency, she blew it big time for herself and her company. Unfortunately, documentaries of some of the big Danish agencies showet that they dont give a f… When it comes… Read more »
Alias
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Alias

Oh you’re so funny

Mara
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Mara
Alias, I feel that a lot of the criticism comes from what people perceive as bias. I personally have no problem at all with people preferring skinny figures, even extremely skinny figures. I also have no problem with people uttering that opinion. You can love skinny legs as much as you want, as far as I’m concerned. I know there are some people who will comment in a negative way when you admit to liking an extreme (and I think we can agree that most runway models are body extremes) or when you comment that you don’t like another extreme/think… Read more »
Alias
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Alias
I didn’t say she had an amazing body. I don’t feel like repeating myself, but I wrote my opinion on this model above. Maybe I was “aggressive” in a few posts in the past, but I haven’t been like that recently, and the big difference is that I reply to comments based on what they say, and people like notsoeasy, jay and a few others wait for me to “slip up” as an oppourtnity to harass me. Yes in the past I have seen pro-curvy users get harassed like that, I believe it was Erica who used to comment here,… Read more »
Mara
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Mara
I know you didn’t say that, where did I indicate that you did? But as you picked a (skinny) part of the model’s body to make a positive comment on, my impression is that you prefer underweight figures to overweight figures. If someone commented on a picture of an evidently overweight model: “Nice legs, the magazine picture showing her rolls is an unflattering shot.”, I’m sure that many would disagree as well, and probably cry out: Excuses, She’s clearly unhealthy, You have been brainwashed into thinking overweight is normal and okay, nice legs compared to whom – you?, You are… Read more »
Alisa
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Alisa

I don’t get how you could look at this very, very skinny model and like the way she looks, unless you have some sort of unhealthy body image or something.

Obviously i don’t know you, so I don’t mean to offend you or anything, but she looks so unhealthy to me that I just can’t imagine someone thinking she looks great.

I finally get your whole “chubby and overweight people are the devil” propaganda..

Alias
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Alias
I didn’t say she has my ideal body nor did I say WOW amazing body, actually if you look at the people I comment amazing body to, they’re more like Irina Shayk, Rosie HW etc. I said I like her LEGS. I’ve honestly seen people with 35 inch waists, and legs half her size. Yes you can be “overfat” and have chicken legs, I really do not think one isolated body part is enough to say if she’s too skinny or not. I do think her upper frame looks bony, and it’s the ONLY thing you can see in the… Read more »
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Lisa

Preference isn’t an indication of privilege, it exists outside of individual preferences. Privilege in terms of weight is being able to have a croissant in public and not have people extrapolate that you’re figure is the direct result of your own laziness and inability to control yourself.

I even, if I’m being honest, find myself doing it in my own head from time to time and that makes me really sad. It’s hard to push past your reactionary emotions sometimes, especially if it’s reinforced a lot.

Alias
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Alias

Another weight privilege would be having healthier people pay your healthcare costs, and no not fat shaming could be talking about too thin or too fat people.

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Lisa

They kinda do already – usually if someone is incurring healthcare debt for their weight, they can’t usually work or function very well on their on. Overweight and underweight included, it can be near impossible to do normal people stuff on either end. So..I think they do already? But our social services should do that, no one stands in line going “yes please I’d like to get sick! whoohoo!” lol

Alisa
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Alisa
People are attacking you because you always make plus size models out to be the devil. No, people will not become fatter just because some plus size models are preaching body acceptance. The average girl isn’t perfectly thin like run way models are, and when that girl sees a bigger model featured in magazines, it tells her that she doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. She will probably come one step closer to accepting herself, and acceptance leads to loving yourself, which makes improvement possible. Seems like a healthier approach to me compared to beating yourself up because… Read more »
Alias
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Alias

How the hell do I make plus size models out to be the devil? Did you not see the comments I wrote about Tara Lynn , I thought she was a good representative of plus size since she comes off as intelligent, and actually promotes some exercise and healthy habits on her IG, unlike some plus models like Tess Munster, but because I said yes she is overweight and would look better if she slimmed down that makes me hate fat people?
Stop imagining what was never there.

Italiana
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Italiana

Thanks for mentioning it, they didn’t say that on the news, but that sure would be a strain on any health. I dont know who she is or how her body/weigt have been before all of this, but she does look too skinny IMO. I was more angry with the agency tbh.

Danish
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Danish
I agree with you both on her being too skinny and her agency being un-thoughtful. But actually, I am more mad at the general danish society, and for two reasons: 1: I can see that she is skinny – but i’m not like…disgusted or anything….and I should be! Because it’s a dangerous ideal. And when I am not really blown away the bad way, I am really scared of how younger girls may feel about a picture like this (I’m 24). Some of the younger girls might even find her body….i don’t know, beundringsværdig. I THATS what’s most scary about… Read more »
Italiana
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Italiana

I totally agree with you, it’s frightening that this is what it’s come to, thinking this is somewhat normal. And Yes, I feel sorry for the girl also, it’s not her fault, she’s just doing her job.They should be attacking the agency and magazine, not her, and I hope she’s not reading those horrible comments.

liv
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I know. It’s totally ok for women to be morblifly obese and photoshopped. When that happens people come out of the wood work to rave about how beautiful and smooth she is… Even though we know that in real life that isn’t the case… Those overly photoshopped obese women are no better than the too thin overly photo shopped women.. but god forbid anyone point out the hypocrisy.

liv
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That’s what I said

Jay
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Yes you have made it very clear that you like slim women. The world doesn’t revolve around you though. Deal with it.

Alias
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Alias

Yeah yeah you have your opinion there’s no need to be preachy like you know so much better. As for men? I know plenty of slim for guys who would find her legs attractive. I’ve seen plenty of handsome guys with “anorexic” girls like her, never have I ever seen one dating a girl who looked like Ashley Graham but continue you were saying?

Jackie
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Jackie
Well ashley graham is overweight but not as severely that I would worry about her dropping dead all of a sudden. I think it would be healthy for her lose weight though! But I would like to remind you that there have been several cases of young models dying of heart failure over the years. You shouldn’t trivialize the problems related to low body fat! It is a medical fact that both under and overweight has a negative impact on life expectation. As far as I know that’s how bmi was created: insurance companies used their health data to predict… Read more »
Chthonic
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Chthonic

Rest your case and move out of here as I did. We know what this is.

lara langione
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lara langione

cannot stand models who stand pigeon toed so they look
ironic.

Alias
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Alias

You are taking my opinion way too seriously, but thanks. I happen to prefer really slim guys, but yeah maybe you prefer meatier/chubbier guys who would absolutely be into Ashley Graham, then sure. By numbers, more men would find Ashley a lot more attractive.

tequilla
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tequilla

She is such a pretty girl..so bad she is this skinny. 15-20 lbs on her and she would look like a godess..it may be im wrong, but she looks so skinny it kinda hurts her, i dont know..

Sheza
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Sheza

This. THANK YOU!

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