A student at an unidentified all-girls high school was shocked to learn that her yearbook photo had been Photoshopped.
The young woman’s high school yearbook photo had allegedly been retouched, transforming the entire shape of the student’s face to make her look “thinner,” Uproxx notes.
Now she’s calling her school out in a Reddit post:
I go to an all girls high school and today every senior got a new student ID. We had gotten one in the beginning of the school year and we were all unsure as to why we were given a second. After closer inspection we realized that our photos had be retouched far past smoothing out blemishes. Here is a list of changes made in my photo:
- face smoothing
- skin recoloring
- lip recoloring
- eyebrow smoothing and reshaping
- face thinning
I was outraged! I have a round face that I have grown to love and now I get my photo back with a different face. The new photo no longer even looks like me but rather a prettier twin sister. When we go and have our photos taken we are flat out told that our skin will be retouched to hide blemishes. We are not told, however, that more drastic changes are made.
Going to an all girls school we are constantly reminded about positive body image and accepting ourselves for who we are. Having these changes made to make me appear thinner makes me wonder how must our school practices what they preach.
In an update, the girl says that after meeting with her teacher and other staff members of the school, the original untouched photos will be used in the yearbook.
“The edits were not made by my school but rather the company our school used,” she writes in the post. “These changes were made without notification to the school.”
She adds: “My school has proved that they are fully behind positive body image by printing the untouched photos. I am proud of my school and what they stand for. To sum it up, I want this issue of photoshopping to get the attention it needs but know that my school has realized that their students do not need to be ‘corrected’.”
Back in May, administrators at Wasatch High School in Utah Photoshopped girls’ yearbook pictures to make them look more conservative, turning the tank tops they had picked out for their photos into T-shirts.