COLES has decided to pull thousands of copies of Harper’s Bazaar Australia’s January issue, which features a naked Miranda Kerr on the cover, after receiving negative feedback from customers.
A Coles spokesman refused to confirm whether the supermarket had received any official complaints about the cover.
“In response to feedback from our customers, many of whom shop with their children, we removed the magazine from sale earlier this week,” he told news.com.au.
Harper’s Bazaar Australia editor Kellie Hush said she was disappointed about the decision.
“I respect that people have different opinions but I was really disappointed to hear Coles made the decision to pull the Miranda Kerr issue off shelves,” Ms Hush said in a statement.
“The cover is a beautiful artistic image taken by one of Australia’s best photographers, Steven Chee, and I stand by that.
“I have had so much positive feedback from around the globe it is a shame Coles do not also recognise the artistic integrity of this image.”
This isn’t the first magazine Coles has pulled a magazine from its shelves.
In August, Coles stopped selling Zoo magazine after a social media campaign called on the two big supermarkets to pull the smutty men’s magazine.
Zoo magazine was later axed by its publisher Bauer, who also publishes Harper’s Bazaar, citing poor retail conditions.