A redditor going by love_a_good_ood writes that she is a senior at an all-girls high school who was recently handed a new student ID by her school. She already had one from the beginning of the year, and she and her friends were not sure why they were getting new ones until the new IDs arrived and they all realized they had been Photoshopped.
“I was outraged!” she wrote. “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.”
Here are the photos, and love_a_good_ood says the one on the left was her original ID and the one on the right is the new one. There are definitely a lot of obvious differences between them that can’t be explained by mere blemish removal.
She also notes that this unrequested Photoshop flies in the face of what her school says about body image and self-acceptance.
“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.”
Taking out some pimples is one thing. Pimples are temporary. But the mass Photoshopping of teenage girls sends a message that their looks aren’t good enough to start with, and that they must look Vogue-ready, even on their student IDs. Kids get enough messages about how their looks aren’t good enough from the rest of the world; schools should not be adding to the noise.