To those who have engaged with the #MCInHerShoes campaign, your critical responses have shown us in no uncertain terms that the campaign was ill-conceived.

We have upset so many of you and for this we apologise. Our intention was to spark conversation around gender-based violence in South Africa in a meaningful way – but it is clear that we have not.

We made an error of judgment in our choice of personality for this campaign. Being a magazine with a legacy of supporting women’s issues, we should not have approached someone with a history of alleged abuse.

We realise our mistake. We will do better.

The Marie Claire Team