Is Miranda Kerr Nude Cover Controversy Or A Publicity Stunt?

Model Miranda Kerr claims the controversy surrounding her fully nude photograph on the current Harper’s Bazaar Australian cover is an attempt at gaining publicity, the New Daily reported Sunday.

The publicity being solicited isn’t for the magazine or Miranda Kerr, however. Instead, an Australian grocery chain — Coles — is at the center of the controversy, calling the cover art “inappropriate.”

Miranda Kerr nude cover The January/February 2016 cover of the Australian Harper’s Bazaar featuring Miranda Kerr nude. [Image via Kellie Hush/Instagram]Annie Kelly — a representative for Miranda Kerr — called into question the grocery store’s motives for pulling the issue off its shelves.

“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.”

Kerr — an Australian model who rose to fame during her time with Victoria Secret — graced the January/February cover of the magazine, draping an arm around her breasts to conceal her nipples.

Coles responded to customer complaints about the nude photo of Miranda Kerr by removing it from the store, a spokesperson told the Australian media outlet. “In response to feedback from our customers, many of whom shop with their children, we removed the magazine from sale earlier this week.”

The grocery chain’s decision to discontinue sales of the magazine was met by disdain from some, including a Twitter user Friday comparing the cover featuring a nude Miranda Kerr to other covers that were allowed to be sold at the store.

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Comically, Miranda Kerr wasn’t prepared for the photo session to be in the nude, either.

“But the funny thing about this shoot was that I didn’t know we were doing nudes – I thought we were doing a fashion story. We needed to get somebody in quick to give me a wax. I was not prepared at all.”

Despite missing that important aspect from the shoot, Miranda Kerr thought the nude image was appropriate, as it met the strict Australian guidelines.

“The thing about nude photographs is that they can look iconic and tasteful, and they can be timeless because there is no fashion that ties them to a particular era.”

Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Kellie Hush was also very complimentary of Miranda Kerr posing nude on the cover.

“What we captured between outfit changes was a woman who is incredibly comfortable in her own skin — and why wouldn’t you be?”

While not nude, inside photos of Miranda Kerr were also revealing. The Daily Mail explained the photo was in a sequinned swimsuit, showing the former Victoria’s Secret model emerging from the water.

Coles is an Australian supermarket chain with 776 stores nationwide. Kellie Hush discussed her feelings with Women’s Wear Daily over the chain store discontinuing the issue’s sales.

“It’s disappointing, but I’m very proud of it. Steven Chee is an amazing photographer, my team are proud of it, Miranda is proud of it. It’s not going to stop me from pushing boundaries again, that’s for sure.”

The cover featuring Miranda Kerr fully nude continues the recent trend by celebrities to bare their bodies for the camera. This week, Khloe Kardashian chose to pose nude for a photo shoot to promote her new website and app. Sister Kim Kardashian also bared her body in the past year, debunking pregnancy rumors by showing the baby bump.

But the body-sharing images weren’t exclusively reserved for models like Miranda Kerr. Musician Selena Gomez chose to pose nude for the cover of Revival, her latest album. The move was to combat fat-shaming, the Inquisitr previously reported. Demi Lovato also posed nude twice in about a two week span. Both times were for magazines, showing off her newfound Confidence.

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