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UK tabloid leads with gratuitous Reeva pic

2013-02-15 11:00
Cape Town - UK tabloid The Sun has placed a full page photo of slain model Reeva Steenkamp in a skimpy bikini on their latest cover, resulting in an outcry on social media.

Paralymypic athlete Oscar Pistorius allegedly shot and killed Steenkamp, his girlfriend, in the early hours of Thursday at his home in Silver Woods, Pretoria.

The photo featured on The Sun's front page is of the 30-year-old model in a pink bikini which was taken for her cover of men's magazine FHM in December 2011.

The behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot was taken off of Youtube on Thursday morning.

The Sun's front page uses the phrases "blade runner", "valentine's horror" and the words "shots" and "screams", but her name is not mentioned, even though her photo takes up more than half of the cover.


Many users took to Twitter to express disgust at The Sun's front page under the collective hashtag #HerNameWasReevaSteenkamp.

UK politician and former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott took to Twitter to air his views on the tabloid's cover, retweeting the trending hashtag.

He posted: 

Twitter user George Potter, replied to Prescott's request for complaints to The Sun, revealing the tabloid's reason for using the image.

Prescott also tweeted that the tabloid reportedly paid £35 000 for the use of the image on their front page.

Twitter user Ellie Cumbo accused the newspaper of using a dead woman as "masturbation fodder", tweeting:

The Sun wasn't the only tabloid to splash a half-naked photo of Reeva on their cover. The Daily Star used a different picture of the bikini-clad model next to the headline "Blade Runner shoots lover dead". publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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