Store em­ployee cov­ers Simp­son’s Elle photo

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A preg­nant Jes­sica Simp­son on the cover of Elle mag­a­zine was ap­par­ently too much for some cus­tomers of a Tuc­son, Ariz., Safe­way store, where a worker cov­ered the mag­a­zine with card­board.

The April edi­tion fea­tures a photo of the singer/ac­tress/fash­ion de­signer with one hand over her breast and an­other wrapped around her nude belly.

The Ari­zona Daily Star re­ported the man­ager of the store re­ceived mul­ti­ple com­plaints, prompt­ing a worker to cover the im­age with card­board.

“The sign was up for a short time and re­moved,” Teena Massingill, di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate public af­fairs for Safe­way Inc., told the As­so­ci­ated Press. “This was one store em­ployee’s re­sponse to some cus­tomer com­plaints. This was by no means a com­pa­ny­wide di­rec­tive.”

Elle mag­a­zine re­leased a state­ment Fri­day to the AP.

“We’ve re­ceived an over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive re­sponse to Jes­sica Simp­son’s cover,” it said. “She’s cel­e­brat­ing her body dur­ing this joy­ous time in her life and we couldn’t be hap­pier for her.”

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