'Vanity Fair' photographers say they didn't exactly retouch Rumer Willis in a statement that's almost an apology.
After noticing that her chin was slightly lacking in an image from a Vanity Fair photo shoot, Rumer Willis spoke out against the photographers' photoshopping practices. Now, the photographers have responded by essentially saying, "But you see here…"
Any friends of fans 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 realize it, it is a form of bullying, which I won't stand for.
A photo posted by Rumer Willis (@ruelarue) on
In response to a query from The Cut about their take on the situation, photographers Mark Williams and Sara Hirakawa released a statement:
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.