January 9, 2015 7:00 pm -

Perez Hilton reports about the unnamed school.


[su_thin_right_skyscraper_ad]It’s understandable and pretty standard to have yearbook photos retouched, but it’s usually just to remove blemishes .

This high school decided to do a whole lot more than just removing blemishes, though! A student shared online:

“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”
That’s awful! We blame the media!…

“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.”

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

15 responses to All-Girls School Retouching Yearbook Photos To Make them Look Thinner

  1. edmeyer_able January 9th, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    I think I recall the header photo, wasn’t that about a school and their censorship of the girls dress.

  2. toadUso January 9th, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    She doesn’t look thinner – her neckline was altered to show less offending skin.

  3. tracey marie January 9th, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    They also added a modesty blouse to hide her tatoo and cleavage

    • rg9rts January 10th, 2015 at 12:56 am

      sneak crawl slither POUNCE THWACK PIQUE. pitty pum pitty pum pum pum swish

      • HessenBalkan January 10th, 2015 at 4:06 am

        Sticking my foot out and making you trip.

        • rg9rts January 10th, 2015 at 4:20 am

          moved to 8 as I nimbly jump to avoid the foot

          • HessenBalkan January 10th, 2015 at 11:11 am

            just going there now

  4. rg9rts January 10th, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Trampstamp coverage too…

  5. William January 10th, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Well….at least it isn’t the sixties.

    • bpollen January 10th, 2015 at 5:19 am

      We must be thinking of different chubbies…

  6. bpollen January 10th, 2015 at 5:17 am

    My senior photos didn’t have acne. Unfortunately, the more 3 dimensional me did.

    That being said, the media does use photoshop waaaay too much, and also FAILS at it way too much. Where does that disembodied hand come from? Just how many legs does she have? Can she fit organs in that waist?

  7. Um Cara January 10th, 2015 at 10:34 am

    She doesn’t look thinner, they covered up her tattoo & a bit of skin. Is there an example of editing for thinness?

  8. Carla Akins January 10th, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    This was at a local private/Catholic high school in KC.

  9. John_St_John January 12th, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    A Utah school did the same thing for year book photos just this last year. The above lead photo is from that debacle in fact.

  10. John_St_John January 12th, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    From Samuel Warde and LiberalsUnite


    After meeting with my high school it has been determined that the untouched original photos will be use in the yearbook. The edits were not made by my school but rather the company our school used. These changes were made without notification to the school. 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. I would like to thank all of the positive comments about how wrong this is and how there need to be changes in this. 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”. ~~ Zoe Royer ~~