Miranda Kerr: Coles Supermarkets pulls Aussie model's nude cover for Harper's Bazaar Australia magazine

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Australian model Miranda Kerr
Australian model Miranda Kerr poses for photographers before H&M's Fall/Winter 2014-2015 women's ready-to-wear collection during Paris Fashion Week February 26, 2014. Reuters/Stephane Mahe

Coles Supermarkets removed the copies of Harper’s Bazaar Australia January/February 2016 magazine issue from the shelves because Aussie model Miranda Kerr’s nude cover for the magazine has been described as “inappropriate.” Kerr’s management has hit back at Coles for the supermarket’s censorship on the magazine cover. 

“There have been numerous examples of similar covers sold without restriction that celebrate and support women and this is no different. They seem to have used it to get publicity during the busiest trading time of the year,” Annie Kelly, Kerr’s manager, stated in a Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) report. 

On Dec. 18, Friday, an unnamed Coles Supermarkets spokesman confirmed that the magazine has been pulled from the shelves. The spokesman explained the decision was made because the supermarket did not think that Kerr’s nude cover was appropriate for their stores. 

The spokesman further added that feedback from the customers prompted Coles Supermarkets to remove the magazine. Kerr, who is included in the list of high-profile Aussie women, is the latest to have a nude cover for a women’s magazine.

However, Kerr is the first one to be censored by one of the two biggest supermarket chains in Australia. Harper’s Bazaar Australia magazine cover, which fashion photographer Steven Chee shot,  features the 32-year-old former Victoria’s Secret Angels model standing naked on a balcony only wearing a pair of stilettos and her left arm covering her breasts.

Before the magazine issue at Coles Supermarkets, Kerr has been announced as the new ambassador of the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation when she visited the specialist hospital at Randwick in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Kerr told 9News that she would like to help the foundation raise as much funds as they can in order to help with their research and equipment needs. 

Catherine Oates Smith, CEO at the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation, also hopes that the hospital will be able to present more options for the families of the sick babies. Smith further shared that the foundation’s greatest dream is to extend the newborn intensive care unit so that the parents will be allowed to stay with their sick babies. 

Kerr further admitted to 9News that she felt a personal connection to the foundation because she was born six weeks premature. Kerr shared that her mum talked about it most of the time and also reminded her with the importance of receiving the special care that she needed. 

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