Rumer Willis bashes 'Vanity Fair' photographers for digitally editing her face: I won't stand for bullying
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/04/2016
Rumer Willis is alleging Vanity Fair photographers edited her jaw to look smaller in a picture and it's a form of bullying, but the photographers behind the magazine shoot insist that was never the intention.
Willis, who won Dancing with the Stars' 20th season with Val Chmerkovskiy, is so angry over the photograph -- which features Willis posing inside of a car with her two sisters Tallulah and Scout for Vanity Fair -- she urged her fans on Instagram to remove it from their social media accounts.
"Any friends or fans of mine who posted this I would appreciate if you took it down," Willis captioned the photograph, which was taken and digitally altered by Mark Williams and Sara Hirakawa.
"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. 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."
She continued, "Whether or not they realize it, it is a form of bullying, which I won't stand for."
Willis discussed how she was bullied most of her life as part of her emotional journey on Dancing with the Stars, however, her confidence grew on the show and she truly became comfortable in her own skin.
In response to Willis' photoshop accusations, the photography team in question issued a statement via Vanity Fair's art department on Wednesday.
"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," Williams and Hirakawa said in the statement obtained by E! News.
"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 hope she understands that there was never any intention with it to alter her appearance. We should make clear that this image was an outtake and was not published in Vanity Fair or vf.com nor did they ever see it."