Bela Padilla in ‘tamer’ FHM cover for March 2012

FHM Philippines’ March 2012 issue is now out with a redesigned cover of British-Filipina actress Bela Padilla. We dare say this new cover is a tamer one and shows how the FHM people bowed to public pressure after the first cover showing Bela with five black women in the background was branded as “racist” by some.

Bela Padilla - FHM, March 2012

Verdict: they could have at least retained the foxy bikini in the axed cover. Bela in swimming top and micro mini for the new FHM cover looks conservative and makes her good enough for the summer issue of Cosmo (which incidentally now has KC Concepcion in a daring two-piece bikini – more on that later)

Some fans also think that the caption “I want to emerge with my own name” is a failed attempt at rewriting the original copy “Stepping Out of the Shadows.” But I guess the FHM editors were under deadline pressure. Effect na rin! 🙂

Bela Padilla - axed FHM cover

No doubt about it, fans will still rush to buy the FHM March 2012 issue, especially after the controversy it generated.

“Although there were changes of the cover but still this cover looks great…As long as the contents of the mag excites (the) PINOY, there is NO problem…,” one guy said in the FHM Philippines Facebook page at facebook.com/fhm.ph

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