Photographers hit back in Photoshop ‘bullying’ row (update)

May 5, 2016

On her Instagram page, the actress accused the photographer behind a ‘Vanity Fair’ shoot of digitally altering her jaw

American actress and singer Rumer Willis – daughter of Hollywood stars Bruce Willis and Demi Moore – pleaded with her friends to remove any online posts of the image, taken for Vanity Fair though not published by the magazine.

The portrait, which appears on Rumer Willis’s Instagram page, shows the actress with her sisters Scout and Tallulah.

Writing on Instagram, where she has 576,000 followers, Willis said: ‘Any friends of mine who posted this I would appreciate if you took it down. The photographer Photoshopped my face to make my jaw smaller and I find it really offensive for anyone to try and change the way you look so drastically.

‘I love the way I look and I won’t support anyone who would feel a need to change the way I look to make me beautiful.

‘Whether or not they realise it, it is a form of bullying, which I won’t stand for.’

The photo was captured by photographers Mark Williams and Sara Hirakawa, who work as a team on shoots.

In a statement sent to Amateur Photographer, defending the move, the photographers said: ‘The retouching that was done to the photograph was only done to resolve some distortion with using a wideangle lens for a group shot, and not to alter or modify anyone’s face.’

They added: ‘We used a wideangle lens, and it might’ve made Rumer’s chin look smaller from the higher angle that we shot the image. We did correct for the optics of the lens slightly as people’s heads get distorted through the wideangle lens.

‘We certainly did not intend to change the way she naturally looks. Our intention was to capture the special bond between Rumer and her sisters.

‘It saddens us that Rumer feels the way she does about the image and hope she understands that there was never any intention with it to alter her appearance.

‘Also, this image was an outtake and was not published in Vanity Fair or, nor did they ever see it.’

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