MANILA (AFP) - Publishers of the Philippine edition of men's magazine FHM apologised on Tuesday and said they had scrapped the planned front cover of March's issue after complaints the photograph used was racist.
Shown as a teaser on the FHM website on Saturday, the cover featured a light-skinned, scantily clad local film actress stepping into the light from a a group of dark-skinned young women in black bikinis in the dim background. The page carried the tagline, Stepping Out of the Shadows.
'We deem this to be the most prudent move in the light of the confusion over the previous cover execution. We apologise and thank those who have raised their points,' FHM said in a statement on its Philippine website.
'When FHM hits the stands in March it will have a different cover,' it added, but feature the same actress, Bela Padilla.