For Glamour‘s August 2012 issue, the magazine used three images of models backstage to illustrate an article about all the ways you can wear denim. Sounds pretty innocuous, right? It would have been, except for the fact that one of the models committed suicide. Three years ago.
A reader pointed out that the model on the left of the page was Daul Kim, the Korean supermodel who tragically hanged herself three years ago. “What a regretful and disappointing oversight,” our tipster wrote.
While the model in question undeniably looked a lot like Kim, we were skeptical at first: Could Glamour have really missed this? And why would it use a three-year-old photo to begin with? But after speaking with sources who worked closely with the model, we confirmed it was indeed Kim.
We reached out to Glamour for a comment, and learned that the magazine was as surprised as we were about Kim’s appearance in the issue. “Our longtime backstage photographer Mark Leibowitz took this picture, which we’d always loved and wanted to use–we had no idea about the backstory, and are heartbroken to learn this news,” Cindi Leive explained through a spokesperson.
It’s an unfortunate mistake and one we can tell Glamour feels terrible about. Still, we can only imagine how Kim’s loved ones might feel when they open up the magazine and see their departed friend staring back at them, years after her suicide.
What’s your take?