Why did this girl’s school photoshop her yearbook photo to make her appear thinner?

Why did this girl’s school photoshop her yearbook photo to make her appear thinner?

Most schools (or the photography services they hire) retouch their students’ photos to hide blemishes — it’s a longstanding practice that most teenagers welcome for obvious reasons. But transforming the entire shape of a student’s face to make her look “thinner”? That’s way out of bounds.

And yet, that’s what one student at an all-girls school experienced this year. Now she’s calling her school out:

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

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