Bela Padilla’s controversial cover photo for the March 2012 issue of FHM Philippines showed Bela clad in a sexy fuschia bikini and being surrounded by “black” female models.
Below the cover was the blurb: “Bela Padilla: Stepping Out Of The Shadows.”
Following the negative reactions about the controversial cover photo of FHM, the glossy men’s magazine immediately decided to change the cover.
FHM’S OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THE BELA PADILLA COVER
On Saturday, February 25, we uploaded the March issue with Bela Padilla on the cover on our Facebook page. Just hours later, a slew of comments on the supposed “racism” of the cover image and cover line flooded the magazine page, prompting the editorial team to re-examine the cover so that we could put into context its execution and assuage the concerns of our readers and non-readers as well who’ve weighed in on the issue.
We took all the points into consideration and have decided to take the side of sensitivity.
When FHM hits the stands in March it will have a different cover. We deem this to be the most prudent move in the light of the confusion over the previous cover execution.
We apologize and thank those who have raised their points. We apologize to Bela Padilla for any distress this may have caused her. In our pursuit to come up with edgier covers, we will strive to be more sensitive next time.