You Can Now Have Your Graduation Photo Digitally Slimmed
Many universities across the country are offering students a service to digitally slim and enhance their official graduation photos.
The package is offered by Success Photography, who are the official photographers at many UK universities, including York, Teesside & Portsmouth.
For £9.95 would-be graduates can have their photograph digitally modified so that they appear slimmer on their special day. For a further £7.95 you can have your complexion fixed and teeth whitened.
On a day that is supposed to focus on academic achievements, many are concerned that this unnecessarily forces students to worry about their body image.
I can pay £9.95 to have my graduation pictures photoshopped to make me look thinner. 🙁 pic.twitter.com/onsLjKEVOH
— Sophie Gadd (@sophie_gadd) July 15, 2014
@sophie_gadd That's disgusting they're proud to photograph their graduates and give them a complex at the same time….damaging.
— Focus Ford. (@LauraEms_) July 15, 2014
— Rudedoodle Claire (@rudedoodle) July 15, 2014
They tweeted this as concerns were raised about the ethics of offering such a service.
Just to make clear 'digital slimming' refers to reducing the appearance of the gown only, never the individual.
— Success Photography (@SuccessPhotogra) July 16, 2014
We reached out to Success Photography but they refused to comment.
UPDATE: Success Photography have agreed to withdraw the service. York University later tweeted the following:
We've raised the "digital slimming" issue with YUSU. They've spoken to the photographers who are in the process of withdrawing the service.
— University of York (@UniOfYork) July 16, 2014