Utah High School Photoshops Yearbook Pics To Make Girls ‘Less Sexy’

Female students at Wasatch High School in Utah is under fire after selectively editing female students’ yearbook photos to show less skin–without the students knowing about it. The school, however, cites the dress code’s ban on “extreme clothing,” including tank, halter, and crop tops, spaghetti straps, revealing shorts, skirts, and dresses.”

Many girls were shocked to discover that they appeared for photos wearing one outfit, yet appeared to be wearing a different one in often badly Photoshopped pictures. The girls say that, aside from the obvious issue of the school altering the yearbook photos consistency is an issue, as well.

“I feel like they put names in a hat and pick and choose who,” Sophomore Rachel Russel Told WGHP News. “There were plenty of girls that were wearing thicker tank tops and half of them got edited and half of them didn’t.”

The school seemed to pick and choose to which students it would apply its ‘Shopjobs. In one photo, the school decided sophomore Shelby Baym’s tattoo was too provocative and airbrushed it out of the yearbook photo. A square neckline was added to her shirt, as well. “My tattoo was a huge thing in my life,” Baum told theSalt Lake Tribune, choking back tears. “I’ve come a long ways. My tattoo means a lot. It reminds me I am enough. For them to cover that up? They should inform me first. They never said anything to me.”

“I feel like they’re trying to shame you of your body,” Baum said. “People wear [the same clothes] every day. But in the yearbook, they’re trying to fix you.”

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In another, sleeves (that did not even match the shirt) were added to cover a girl’s arms.  In one case, two girls wore nearly identical tops but one found her photo edited, while the other did not. Here are just a few more examples:

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Concerned girls have raised the issue with school administrators, but were told that it was too late. The yearbook can not be changed after printing–so they are stuck with the modified photos. The girls feel that the editing was intended simply to “humiliate” them.

Wasatch County School District Superintendent Terry Shoemaker defended the school’s decision to selectively modify girls’ photos, and claims that there was a sign warning that pictures may be altered. However, he did issue an apology…for all the wrong reasons.

We only apologize in the sense that we want to be more consistent with what we’re trying to do in that sense we can help kids better prepare for their future by knowing how to dress appropriately for things,” Shoemaker said.

Students say they are shamed regularly for “violations” of the school’s often-unequally applied dress code. Sophomore Kimberly Montoya, who found short sleeves added to her sleeveless blouse, recalled being accused of wearing an “immodest” skirt. While another girl wore the same one without a word said to her, Montoya was forced to change into swear pants that read “I support Wasatch High dress code.”

“You walk around all day in the sweats, and it’s all eyes on you,” Montoya said.

“People know you got dress-coded, that something about you was immodest. They look at you like, ‘You done wrong.’ If my parents felt OK and I felt OK about [my clothes], it should have been fine. I know there should be restrictions, but [the school] pushes it to the limit. … Every time I walk into that school, I feel judged.”

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