Students at one school didn’t know why, when they had already received their student IDs, the school was requiring them to obtain new ones. But that mystery turned mundane after one student noticed her new ID and yearbook photo didn’t look quite like her.
“After closer inspection we realized that our photos had be retouched far past smoothing out blemishes,” Reddit user love_a_good_ood wrote in a post Friday.
She pointed out the differences between her original, untouched photo and the picture she claims was retouched or photoshopped. Among the alterations were:
- face smoothing
- skin recoloring
- lip recoloring
- eyebrow smoothing and reshaping
- face thinning
“I have a round face that I have grown to love and now I get my photo back with a different face,” the student wrote. “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.”
The student said she was “outraged” because the photo didn’t even look like her, but rather a “prettier twin sister.”
“Going to an all girls school we are constantly reminded about positive body image and accepting ourselves for who we are,” she said.
However, she added that after noticing the changes she wonders just how much her school “practices what they preach.”
But in an update posted to Reddit the student explained that after talking with her high school, which was not identified, she found out it was not the school that made the touch-ups, but the company her school hired.
“When our yearbook teacher saw the photos he was outraged along with all the other staff members of the school. They understood that the new edited photos are not what the students look like,” the student added. “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.”
Here’s a look at the original photo and beside the one that was edited:
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