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I’m fuming,’ said the 21-year-old. ‘I sat there with a fleshcoloured bikini on and they have air-brushed the whole thing out.

‘That’s not my belly button. I’ve got a sticky out belly button and it’s pierced,’ she added.

‘They’re not my boobs either.’ Ellison, currently starring in the film version of Phantom Of The Opera, may sue over the picture. ‘I vowed never to take all my clothes off in pictures,’ she said.

Ellison claimed she thought nothing of it when photographers asked her to cross her arms and legs to give the illusion she was naked.

But she was ‘mortified’ when she saw the magazine, the Liverpudlian told a radio station in the city.

‘I don’t want my dad to see anything like that,’ she added.

It was to be her last glamour shoot, so she could be taken more seriously as an actress.

A spokeswoman for Maxim claimed Miss Ellison’s agent had seen the pictures before publication and raised no objections.