Rumer Willis Accuses Vanity Fair Of Photoshopping Her

May 4th 2016

Laura Donovan

In recent years, many big time celebrities such as Zendaya, Ronda Rousey, and Lorde have called out publications for apparently Photoshopping their bodies, claiming the practice can perpetuate body image issues by promoting unrealistic beauty standards.


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Actress Rumer Willis, who starred in the film "The House Bunny," is the latest celebrity to confront magazine Photoshopping.

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In a Tuesday Instagram post, Willis slammed Vanity Fair for apparently Photoshopping her jaw line to appear smaller and less sharp in a photo for the publication.

According to E! News, Willis alleges photographers Mark Williams and Sara Hirakawa were responsible for the alteration. 


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"Any friends of fans of mine who posted this I would appreciate if you took it down," Willis wrote. "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."

Patrick O'Leary, who represents the photography team that shot the portrait of Willis and her sisters, told ATTN: in an email statement that the image was indeed retouched but only to resolve issues with distortion:

"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 nor did they ever see it."

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Several months ago, Willis posted an Instagram photo calling out the trolls who made fun of her appearance:


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"Necessary reminder to all of the toxic people spreading negativity in my comments," she wrote. "I will not allow the space I have created to share parts of my life with you all to become a breeding ground for people to spread there judgment and hate. If you have nothing nice to say stay out of my comments. It truly makes me sad that we can't just support and give love and help lift each other up instead of putting each other down to quell or own insecurities. #exactly #spreadlove"

Last year, she revealed on "Dancing With the Stars" that she was self-conscious about her face shape growing up.


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"People would say I looked like a man or something called a ‘buttaface,’ which means everything good but her face,’" she said. "Or ‘potato head’ was the big term that everyone used a lot, basically making fun of the way I looked."

She added that she spent years considering plastic surgery to combat these insecurities.

"[I'd think], 'if I change my face or get really skinny, that will be it, that will be the answer,'" she continued. "And it's not."

UPDATE 5/4: This article has been updated to include a statement form Patrick O'Leary on behalf of the photography team behind the image.

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