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WHAT A WAIST

Astute record buyers may have noticed something familiar about the back cover of Janet Jackson’s new album, janet. The shot of her taut midsection, bare above low-slung blue jeans, is more than a little reminiscent of the body parts that graced the covers of the Rolling Stones’ 1971 album, Sticky Fingers, and Madonna’s 1989 Like a Prayer. Jackson’s spokesperson, who declared that the bod in question is in fact Janet’s, declined to say what inspired the midriff shot. According to its photographer, Patrick Demarchelier, ”Janet had a pretty strong idea of what she wanted”-namely, to duplicate her sexy look in the video for the album’s No. 1 single, ”That’s the Way Love Goes.” Demarchelier says he is not aware of any similarity to previous record jackets: ”Janet just wanted to look sexy and glamorous, and she’s in good shape.” But does she look too good? ”Lots of people have made comments that they don’t think it’s her,” says Ed Vega, the CD-singles buyer for a New York City Tower Records. ”It’s too defined. But then, none of us has seen Janet naked.”