Photographers airbrush students’ graduation snaps to make them look thinner
Furious students condemn offer of digital slimming and skin enhancement for official photos
Photographers are airbrushing students’ graduation snaps to make them look thinner and more attractive.
A menu of optional extras such as slimming teeth whitening, skin blemish removal are available to graduates at some of Britain’s top unis.
The digital makeovers are carried out by Success Photography, an agency employed by universities to take graduation snaps.
For ten pounds, Success will edit “bulky and unflattering” pictures out of the memorable pics.
And the company also offers students an £8 service to remove blemishes, redness and shine on skin and to whiten their smiles in a method known as digital complexion and smile enhancement.
Sophie Gadd, a York uni graduate, first tweeted the picture with a sad face.
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
Some graduands have condemned the offer as “horrific”, “depressing” and “disgusting”.
@sophie_gadd That's disgusting they're proud to photograph their graduates and give them a complex at the same time….damaging.
— Laura (@LauraEms_) July 15, 2014
The Tab understands that the digital slimming service is offered to both sexes.
The company describe themselves as the “leading Graduation photography specialist” and are employed by several unis including St. Andrews, York, Newcastle, Nottingham Trent, Imperial, Oxford Brookes, Exeter, Birmingham, Royal Holloway and Loughborough.
The agency won the National Business Award for most innovative company in the UK . They have previously snapped Margaret Thatcher, the G20 and the Queen’s garden party.