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Teen's Yearbook Photo Deemed Inappropriate By School (Photo)

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A Wisconsin teen was asked to submit a different senior portrait after her original was flagged as "inappropriate."

Eleanor Fitzwilliams, 17, attends Verona Area High School in Verona, Wisconsin. She said she was shocked when she was called into the yearbook office because the senior portrait that her father took of her was deemed inappropriate by school standards.

"[The yearbook director] just sat me down and told me that my picture was too inappropriate to be used in the yearbook and [graduation] slideshow because you could see the side of my bralette," she told Today.

She was asked to submit another picture. Embarrassed, she agreed but not before taking to Twitter to point out what she thought were double standards in the way boys and girls were treated.

She posted her rejected senior portrait next to the yearbook photo of the boy's swim team, where every team member wears nothing but a pair of swim trunks.

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"Here's my senior picture. because you can see my part of my brallette, it was 'too inappropriate,'" she wrote alongside the two pictures. "Yet, here's the boys swim team picture."

The tweet quickly went viral, garnering more than 33,500 retweets and 175,000 likes in 10 days.  

The school's dress code stipulates that the chest, midriff and bottom must be covered at all times. Additionally, all "undergarments" must remain out of sight.

"I think it can be argued that the swim team’s Speedos are also like an undergarment, yet they serve a different purpose," said Fitzwilliams. "Well, my bralette serves a different purpose than to hold my boobs up. It covers up the side where my top doesn’t, just like the boys’ Speedos. This is very much about a double standard."

Her second submission, in which she now wears a navy ruffled dress instead of the sleeveless yellow top, was accepted by the school.

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Her father, who took the original photo, said that he saw nothing wrong with it. The family has been in contact with Verona's principal, but Fitzwilliams said no real progress was made.

"The last thing I want to do is take an inappropriate photo of my daughter. If I thought there was something wrong with it, I would have said something right away," said Craig Fitzwilliams of his daughter's senior portrait. "I had no desire of her showing a lot of skin."

Fitzwilliams tells Yahoo Lifestyle that the reaction to the photo has been largely supportive. Although she made the tweet to vent her frustrations, she said that she's glad it went viral as it's opened up a dialogue on high school dress codes.

"One of the most significant things about my post was that I found I wasn’t alone in this struggle because there were many girls who replied to my tweet citing similar incidents with their dress code and administration," she said.

Sources: Today, Yahoo Lifestyle / Featured Image: Channel3000_Communities/Flickr / Embedded Images: Eleanor Fitzwilliams/Twitter via Today, Eleanor Fitzwilliams via Today

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