Danish mag slammed for ultra-thin model

A photo of a fashion model who appears dangerously thin was the talk of Danish social media Thursday, leading to an eventual apology from Cover magazine.

Danish mag slammed for ultra-thin model
This photo from Cover magazine was practically unavoidable on Danish social media, with countless users expressing outrage.
The Danish fashion magazine Cover found itself in the centre of a storm of controversy Thursday after a photo of an ultra-thin model was heavily criticized on social media. 
After backlash on Facebook and Twitter, where the hashtag #covergate was spawned, the magazine apologized for its “huge mistake”.
“I’ve made magazines for more than ten years and this time unfortunately I made a huge mistake, which I would like to apologize for,” the magazine’s founder, Malene Malling, told TV2, adding that the photo “should not have been published”. 
Although the magazine apologized, it continued to face criticism both for portraying a model so thin that she appears malnourished and for allegedly deleting negative comments on its Facebook page. 
Politicians even jumped into the fray, including Tax Minister Benny Englebrecht. 
"I seriously thought that the fashion industry had understood that anorexia is a problem that should be taken seriously," he wrote on Twitter. 

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New Year’s Eve injury rate bounces back to normal in Denmark

The number of people treated for fireworks-related injuries on New Year's Eve in Denmark has bounced back to normal levels, with 16 people treated for eye injuries after the celebrations.

New Year's Eve injury rate bounces back to normal in Denmark
Fireworks led to 16 eye injuries on New Year's Eve. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

This is up from the unusually low 12 people who were treated for eye injuries during and after the celebrations last year. Two of this year’s injuries are sufficiently severe that the injured are expected to lose their sight completely or partially.

“After a very quiet evening last year, it is back to a normal, average level,” Ulrik Correll Christensen, head doctor at the ophthalmology department at Rigshospitalet, told the country’s Ritzau newswire. “It is a completely extraordinary situation at the eye departments on New Year’s Eve. It is not at all something we see on a daily basis.” 

Christensen has tallied up reports from all of Denmark’s eye units, including the major ones in Copenhagen, Aalborg, Aarhus, Odense and Næstved. 

He said that 15 out of the 16 cases had not worn safety goggles, two thirds were between ten and thirty years old. 

“The most important thing is to follow the advice when firing fireworks. Wear safety goggles and keep a good distance,” he said. 

The number of ambulance call outs on New Year’s Eve is also back to normal, with 1,188 emergency vehicles sent out, compared to 875 last year. 

In the Capital Region of Copenhagen, there were 44 call-outs were related to fireworks, of which 16 were for hand injuries and 14 for eye injuries.