Rumer Willis says that photographers from Vanity Fair modified her jaw to make it look smaller. The 27-year-old actress posted the picture on Instagram on Tuesday and wrote on the caption a request for her family and friends, who have posted the pictures, to take it down. Willis was doing an editorial shoot with her sisters Scout and Tallulah.
Her Instagram post reached almost 7,600 likes.
Willis claims that the photographer Photoshopped her face to the point where she thinks is very offensive because she believes is not right for people to try to change the way she looks. She also added that she loves the way she looks and does not want anyone changing that to make her beautiful. She says that the photographers may not realize it, but modifying her face is a form of bullying, and she will not stand for it.
Photographers Marl Williams and Sara Hiraka, from Vanity Fair, responded quickly to Willis’ claims. In a statement to PEOPLE, they said on Wednesday that the modifications that were done on the photograph was only intended to fix some distortion problems caused by the wide angle lens they used. The photographers stated that they did not mean to alter anyone’s face.
According to Williams and Hikara, they only corrected distortions from the optic effect of the lens, but the jaw looking smaller may be due to the higher angle of the shot. They also added that they did not want to change the way she naturally looks and that their intentions were to capture the special bond between the sisters.
The Huffington Post says that Willis’ reaction to the photograph might have been also triggered because she has been constantly criticized for her appearance in the past. Also, she has said that she has battled with her insecurities and pressures of fame, since she is the eldest daughter of superstars Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.