Rumer Willis Compares Photoshopping To Bullying

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By: Cole Delbyck


Rumer Willis loves her jawline just the way it is.


After an outtake from a Vanity Fair photo shoot appeared online, Willis took to Instagram to express her disappointment over what she seems to think was a Photoshopping job gone wrong.


The 27-year-old actress wrote that the size of her jawline was reduced in the high-fashion spread, but photographers Mark Williams and Sara Hirakawa quickly responded to Willis' claim, explaining that the photo was not retouched "to alter or modify anyone's face."


"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," Willis captioned the photo on Instagram.


"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 realize it, it is a form of bullying, which I won't stand for," she continued.

After Willis posted the image, the photographers issued a statement to The Cut to explain their editing choices, claiming that "there was never any intention ... to alter her appearance."


Read their response below:

The retouching that was done to the photograph was only done to resolve some distortion with using a wide angle lens for a group shot, and not to alter or modify anyone's face. We used a wide angle 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 wide angle 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.

We should make clear that this image was an outtake and was not published in Vanity Fair or vf.com nor did they ever see it.

Regardless of the motivation behind the retouching, Willis, the eldest daughter of superstars Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, has been routinely criticized for her appearance from a young age. She's been vocal about her battle with insecurity and the pressures of fame in the past, penning a powerful essay in Glamour after taking home the Mirror Ball trophy on "Dancing with the Stars" last year.

"When you grow up in the public eye the way that I did, everyone's looking at you and waiting for you to do something crazy or say something wrong or have a meltdown," she wrote. "I was constantly bullied because of my looks, so I struggled a lot with my body image."


"After I finished [the show] I felt more beautiful than I had in my entire life ... because of what I'd accomplished and worked so hard for," she continued. "What it comes down to is this: We all need to stop bullying ourselves and being cruel to other women."

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