Rumer Willis Bites Back at Vanity Fair for Apparent Jaw-Retouching
Rumer Willis is using her perfectly lovely jaw to bite back at Vanity Fair.
The former Dancing With The Stars champion posted a photo featured in the magazine's May issue to her Instagram account yesterday (May 3), and alleged in the caption that the image been doctored. More specifically, Willis accused the publication of digitally shaving down her jawline, which she called an implicit form of "bullying."
"I find it really offensive for anyone to try and change the way you look so drastically," she wrote. "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."
And Willis' followers showed their support — one noted "So noticeable too. I am sorry you have to experience this...know you are beautiful just the way God intended," while another pointed out "Ugh yet another photographer ruining the ideals of perfection for everyone. You look beautiful in every photo I've seen of you. I'm glad you are taking a stand to this form of deception."
The photo comes from an 18-page spread that features various sets of Hollywood siblings. Williams and Hirakawa, the photo team behind the shoot, as issued a statement in response to Rumer's objections (quotes via E!).
"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," they told E! News. "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," they continued. "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."
In a June 2015 Glamour essay, Willis chronicled a history of self-consciousness about her appearance, and recalled how one similar Photoshop-job compelled her to speak up.
"...without my permission my face was Photoshopped to appear thinner," she recalled. "I'd had enough and spoke out against it. I was done allowing other people's perceptions of me to dictate how I viewed myself."
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