Eva Hoeke, who has been editor-in-chief of women’s magazine, Jackie, for the last eight years, said the term was a joke but admits that her “credibility has been hurt” since the scandal.

She said: “The term ‘n****r b***h’ came from America and we solely used it to describe a style of dress. Because of the enormous pressure through social media I was tempted to promise amendment regarding the language in future issues of Jackie.

“Through the course of events, me and the publisher have concluded that because my credibility is now affected, it is better for all parties if I quit my function as editor-in-chief effective immediately.”

Hoeke added that Rihanna, who took her anger to Twitter, will be able to comment on the story in the next issue of the magazine.

She then said: “I should have counted to ten before taking unnuanced stands through social media channels.”

Hoeke came forward to insist it was a joke on the magazine’s Facebook page.

She wrote: ‘While the author meant no harm – the title of the article was intended as a joke – it was a bad joke, to say the least.”

She added that editors were unaware the word was so loaded and thought it was “an acceptable form of slang”.

The piece also mentioned Rihanna’s “ghetto ass” and “porn heels”.

It also implied the Barbadian singer was from Jamaica.

Rihanna responded to the article, Tweeting: “I hope u can read English, because your magazine is a poor representation of the evolution of human rights!”

“I find you disrespectful and rather desperate.

“There are 1000’s of Dutch girls who would love to be recognised for their contributions to your country, [and] you could have given them an article. Instead, u paid to print one degrading an entire race!”