On a late-night scroll through Twitter last night I saw a tweet about an airbrushing option being offered for one school’s photos. I was shocked, but after a bit of a read back over the tweeter’s timeline (the broadcaster Sam Walker), I saw she lives in America. So I shrugged my shoulders and assumed it was a US thing, hoping the trend wouldn’t make it to UK soil any time soon. We’re far too sensible for that… aren’t we?
Well no, as it happens, we’re not. Because, after sharing the tweet and talking about it on Instagram, I had lots of messages back from parents in the UK, saying their kids’ school photos had been airbrushed too. And I’m not just talking about removing stains from tops or tidying up a wonky tie. I’m talking about the full works: changing nose sizes, smoothing skin, removing eczema patches, changing ginger hair to brown, darkening skin tone, whitening teeth… the lot.[Read More…]