A Danish fashion and lifestyle magazine issued an apology for featuring a model that appeared dangerously thin after a social media storm erupted surrounding the use of the photograph.
Danish Tax Minister Benny Englebrecht was one of many who took to Facebook and Twitter to voice disgust: “I seriously thought that the fashion industry had understood that anorexia is a problem that should be taken seriously,” he wrote.
“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.
She described the incident as “a very sad day for me” but reminded readers that the publication featured a plus-size model on the cover two months prior.
“I have not lived up to my responsibility as a publisher, woman and mother, and I am truly very sorry,” she wrote.
The magazine faced further criticism for allegedly deleting negative comments about the image from its Facebook page, Danish news outlet The Local reported.
Cover magazine did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.