Kapuso starlet Bela Padilla graces FHM Philippines March 2012 Issue.
This also coincides with FHM Philippines’ 12th Anniversary and serves as the men’s magazine’s Bikini Issue.
The sexy behind-the-scene footage of Bela Padilla’s first FHM shoot was shown on Follow That Star yesterday (February 25) in GMA News TV.
The new cover however, received mixed reactions. Some view it as rather ‘racist’ with the inclusion of darker-skinned models which makes Bela Padilla stand out even more as the fairest of them all.
Although this is merely a fashion statement, I wonder how the general buyer will see it and the people who thinks this cover is rather sensitive for their taste.
After an online furor over the now controversial March 2012 cover of Bela Padilla, FHM issued an official statement and decided to replace the cover when FHM hits the stands this coming March.
Here’s 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.