Rumer Willis didn’t have the expected reaction to her Vanity Fair shoot. The Dancing With the Stars season 20 champ slammed photographers Mark Williams and Sara Hirakawa on Tuesday, May 3, for allegedly Photoshopping her jaw for an editorial shoot she did with her famous sisters Scout and Tallulah.
"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,” the actress, 27, wrote alongside 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."
The photographers behind the gorgeous photo responded to Willis’ claims on Wednesday, May 4, telling Page Six in a statement that they didn’t mean any harm.
"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 said in the statement. "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 [we] hope she understands that there was never any intention with it to alter her appearance."
The singer, who is the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, has been vocal before about accepting her appearance. During her time on Dancing With the Stars last April, she broke down crying as she recalled her earlier years.
"When I was a teenager I was super awkward," she reflected. "I don't think I really felt comfortable in my body or with how I looked and people were nasty. … For years I thought, 'Maybe I can get plastic surgery. … If I change my face or get really skinny, that will be it, that will be the answer.’ And it's not."
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