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Rumer Willis Accuses Photographer of Photoshopping Her Jaw

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Rumer Willis

"Whether or not they realize it, it is a form of bullying, which I won't stand for."

In the world of Photoshop, there's a fine line between "touch-ups" and giving someone a brand new face. It's a line that many photographers and photo editors have yet to define, apparently.

Rumer Willis is the latest celebrity to accuse a magazine of drastically altering her image. The 27-year-old actress took to Instagram to air her grievances over an outtake photo from Vanity Fair's May "Sisters" issue which she claims has been heavily edited by photographers Mark Williams and Sara Hirakawa.

The photo in question, which sees Willis with younger sisters Scout, 24, and Tallulah, 22, seated in a 1951 Chevy Fleetline, comes from a photoshoot for an 18-page spread of famous sisters, which also features the Jaggers, the Williams and the Waterhouses. 

"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," she writes in the caption. "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." 

In a statement to Pret-a-Reporter, however, Williams and Hirakawa deny the accusations: 

"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."

The representative also makes it clear that the "image was an outtake and was not published in Vanity Fair or vf.com nor did they ever see it."

Willis isn't the only celebrity to take issue with heavy-handed editing. Lena Dunham, Kerry Washington and Zendaya have all made similar complaints on Instagram.

12:35 p.m. Wednesday, May. 4: Updated with a statement from Williams and Hirakawa.

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