Furtado Miffed About Midriff Photo

By | January 10, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Nelly Furtado is miffed about a midriff. The Canadian singer has complained that a photo of her on the cover of British men’s magazine FHM was digitally altered to show a bare torso – and it’s not hers.

“There I am with a shirt that has actually been digitally altered to go to just below my chest, with a stomach that I don’t recognize, saying ‘Nelly Furtado – her sexiest shoot yet,”‘ the singer told British Broadcasting Corp. radio on Monday.

“I don’t like being misrepresented to my fans. You work hard to represent a certain thing and have a certain image and somebody can take it all away with the cover of a magazine.”

The photo is on one of three covers produced for the magazine’s February issue. The others feature Mariah Carey and Jenny Frost of British group Atomic Kitten.

Magazine spokespeople had no comment Wednesday.

British Columbia-born Furtado’s debut album, “Whoa, Nelly” has become a worldwide best seller. Last week the 23-year-old singer was nominated for four Grammy awards, including song of the year for her hit, “I’m Like a Bird.”

The track, taken from her debut album, “Whoa, Nelly!,” peaked at No. 9 on The Billboard Hot 100 last May. The DreamWorks album peaked at No. 24 on The Billboard 200, and has sold more than 1.9 million copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.

The artist will kick off a short North American tour Jan. 28 in Victoria, British Columbia, which will last through a Valentine’s Day show in San Francisco. Citizen Cope will also appear on several of the dates. For more information, visit Furtado’s official Web site.

  • Canadian pop star Nelly Furtado has complained that a photo of her on the cover of British magazine FHM was digitally altered to show a bare torso – and it’s not hers. “There I am with a shirt that has actually been digitally altered to go to just below my chest, with a stomach that I don’t recognize, saying ‘Nelly Furtado – her sexiest shoot yet,'” the singer told BBC radio on Monday.
  • “I don’t like being misrepresented to my fans. You work hard to represent a certain thing and have a certain image and somebody can take it all away with the cover of a magazine.” The photo is on one of three covers produced for the magazine’s February issue. The others feature Mariah Carey and Jenny Frost of U.K. group Atomic Kitten. At deadline, none of the cover shots were among those in the “Covergirls” archive on the FHM Web site.
  • Spokespersons for the notoriously racy men’s lifestyle magazine had no comment when reached today – Jan. 9.
  • Furtado is nominated for four Grammys, including best new artist and song of the year for her hit, “I’m Like a Bird.”

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