Yearbook pic edited without girl’s permission

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A high school was under fire after a student’s yearbook photo was allegedly photoshopped to make her appear thinner.

Redditor love_a_good_ood said she noticed after getting a new student ID that her photo had been had been retouched, but that much more than a few blemishes were removed:

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.

She posted the old photo and the retouched one side by side.

The teen later posted an update, saying that after speaking with officials at her high school, they decided that the original, untouched photos will be used in the yearbook.  She learned that the edits were made by the company the school used to take the photos, and that they made the changes without notifying the school.

This is not the first time yearbook photos have been edited. Earlier this year, students at a Utah high school learned some of their yearbook photos had been altered to add sleeves to their short-sleeve tops.