KC high school seniors get unwanted photo retouching on school I.D.s

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some seniors at the all-girls Catholic school in Kansas City are outraged after receiving their school I.D.s.

Students at St. Teresa’s Academy say their I.D. pictures don’t look quite like themselves.

“Me and all my friends in my advisory, the seniors, we all gathered around and started passing each other’s around and looking at them and laughing, kind of, just because of how ridiculous they were,” said Lily O’Neill, a senior at St. Teresa’s Academy.

She says students are issued new I.D’s following school pictures every year. But this year, all the seniors got new ones halfway through the year, but weren’t sure why, and got quite a surprise when they saw them.

“The edits, our faces looked airbrushed kind of, half of my face was slimmed down,” O’Neill said.

According to the school President, Nan Tiehen Bone, they only ordered new ones for students who didn’t get them originally, and says the company mistakenly resent each senior a new one.

“It was really weird. I didn’t like how I looked like a totally different person. I definitely think the one that wasn’t Photoshopped was better,” said O’Neill.

O’Neill says all the pictures looked fake. Her hair was darker, skin tanner and some girls were really offended by it.

“They didn’t like how their face was touched up and how they were thought to be prettier almost in the new one,” said O’Neill.

Some parents say this is disturbing knowing the pressure teenage girls put on themselves to look a certain way.

“It’s upsetting, if it upsets them, it upsets the parents,” said Elliot Curran, whose daughter is a senior at St. Teresa’s Academy.

“Women are held to the perception that they should look like that because of all the edits that are seen now,” said O’Neill.

Bone says she wasn’t aware of the retouching done by the photo company, DeCloud Studios in Overland Park, and didn’t consent to it. She declined to go on camera, but released this statement to FOX 4:

“This was an unfortunate situation where our photography company put our senior ID pictures through an air brushing procedure.  We did not authorize this … We strive to make our young women feel confident and empowered and a positive body image is so integral to feeling confident.”

DeCloud declined to comment other than the fact that they made a mistake, and mistakes happen. The school says the girls will be reissued new I.D’s with pictures that are not retouched.

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