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AWFUL! All-Girls High School Retouches Students' Yearbook Photos To Make Them Appear Thinner!!

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This is just ridiculous. Why would someone think this is okay?

An unidentified all-girls high school decided its students weren't perfect how they are, so they retouched all of their ID photos — which would also be used for the yearbook!

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!

All the major magazines are always heavily photoshopping their models and all it does is perpetuate an unrealistic standard of beauty.

[ Related: Calvin Klein Photoshopped Justin Bieber's Abs?? ]

Which is why it's so crazy that an all-girls high school would do this. They should be preaching body positivity… which they apparently do! The student continued:

"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."

We still can't believe they'd have the audacity to actually thin the faces of high school students.

Their pictures aren't even pictures of themselves anymore!

We really hope this school apologizes and fixes it all!

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15 comments to “AWFUL! All-Girls High School Retouches Students' Yearbook Photos To Make Them Appear Thinner!!”

  1. Libby K. says – reply to this


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    This is my girls school you are commenting on. My oldest daughter is on the Yearbook staff. I assure you this was NOT the doing of the school, but the photo studio where the girls got their pictures taken. The school did NOT ask for these retouches. To be honest, my girls attend this school because of it's huge social justice value system being taught here. This article is actually the opposite of what this school stands for.

  2. Mary C. says – reply to this


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    As a graduate of the all-girls school in question, I know firsthand the benefits of the single-sex education the students receive, including the self-confidence gained from the community of tolerance we create ourselves. I also know that the school contracts a privately owned photography studio to take their student's yearbook photographs. Any editing or photoshopping would occur at this photography studio. A responsible journalist would have contacted the school, discovered these facts, and would not be placing any blame on the school itself.

  3. Belle says – reply to this


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    ^^^ lol at the school staff commenting under different names. This is just a gossip blog, not hard hitting journalism.

  4. twinks1866 says – reply to this


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    I am a recent alumni of this school and I will vehemently defend the values of our tightly knit high school community until the day I die. I am confident that our school does indeed practice what it preaches, because it is an accepting, uplifting, transparent institution that creates a learning environment which promotes independent women leaders, athletes, and scholars. This school has nothing to apologize for because it has done nothing wrong. The administration did not authorize or support the extreme retouching of the photos, and no one thinks it's okay. So yes, this editing is "AWFUL!" but my beloved all-girls high school is quite the opposite.

  5. Lauren says – reply to this


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    The school you're discussing is St. Teresa's Academy - a very wonderful and highly respected school. The school did NOT ask for the photos to be retouched, the company who took the photos did so without the permission of the girls or the school.

  6. @v@ says – reply to this


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    Photography has advanced and can make photos look wonderful. I think that capability can be embraced without people getting all up in knots. The students and their families should simply have photo approval on one or the other when the proofs come back for ordering, and voila. Everybody's happy.

  7. Critter says – reply to this


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    Re: Belle

    Then you can see why it's upsetting for our school to be associated with this website. It spreads rumors which are not encouraged or valued in our community.

  8. Mary C says – reply to this


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    Re: Belle

    I'm not on staff, I just love and believe in my alma mater, which I realize is not the norm. I'm also fully aware that this is far from "hard hitting journalism," but it deserves to be addressed nonetheless. My criticism of the journalistic integrity of the article refers to the original article which appeared on Jezebel, which you'd know if you ventured from this pink atrocity of a website.



  9. 9

    You blame the media? You're part of the media. And if you don't think photos should be altered, stop posting stories about the Kardashians.

  10. @v@ says – reply to this


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    I mean, if it weren't for zit zapping in the studio, many high schoolers wouldn't have a photo record of the time because they wouldn't order any. Stretched to slim people down is a value extension of that, but if approval only, what's the problem?

  11. 👎 says – reply to this


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    Maybe you should get your facts straight before posting it was the picture company not the school

  12. ENK says – reply to this


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    You need to correct or remove this post. I am a graduate of the school you are speaking of and can tell you that all year book and ID photos are outsourced. It would do you a little bit of good and save you some embarrassment if you did some fact checking! Shame on you!!



  13. 13

    Wow this school or district must have a lot of money. I went to LA Unified back in the dino ages and they did not then or do they now have the money to do this. I might not be all that pretty (but not ugly either, just average) but would not want my pictures altered.

  14. Chief Exec says – reply to this


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    You owe it to your readers and the last scraps of journalistic decency that you may possess to print a retraction for your absurd jump to a conclusion without knowing all the facts, since clearly this was a mistake that had nothing to do with the school.

  15. Carla says – reply to this


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    My daughter went to this school…graduated last year. This was not, absolutely not done at the request of the school. Nothing could be further from the truth. Originality, scholastic success, and being true to yourself is the rule at this school. I am hoping the photographic studio apologizes for this.