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Wednesday 19th February 2020

Outraged mum slams school photographer for offering to AIRBRUSH photos of pupils aged eight

Basic or premium options were offered

A mother of two has revealed her outrage after a photographer offered to airbrush her eight-year-old daughter's annual school photograph.

BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Sam Walker, who now lives in Phoenix, Arizona, shared a picture of a form given to parents ahead of the class photographs being taken.

It offered parents the option of basic or premium retouching for both individual and class photos.

The basic option "removes blemishes", while the pricier premium alternative also "whitens teeth and evens skin tone", according to the form.

Posting the picture to Twitter, Sam said: "The girls have their school photo today and there is the option to AIRBRUSH the picture!"

She added: "There are two levels offered!! What the....?! Have complained! What 8 year old needs to be paranoid about an 'uneven skin tone'?"

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Sam told Metro US that her youngest daughter has a rare auto-immune condition which caused lesions to develop on her skin, and makes her teeth go yellow.

A photographer has offered airbrushing services for an eight-year-old's annual school photograph (Credit: Pexels)

And she said she fears the airbrushing question could undo all her and her husband’s hard work at boosting their child’s confidence.

The girls have their school photo today and there is the option to AIRBRUSH the picture!

"The thought of her feeling that she should airbrush those blemishes out because she should look like everyone else… When you have a child who has some issues and so to suggest we can wipe that away and you can look like everyone else is incredibly dangerous and very sad," she said.

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Complaining to the school, Sam revealed they were told it was standard practice among all photographers they hire for official photographs.

The photographer himself is said to have defended the form. He said it was a generic document that was also offered to older children who may suffer from acne.

Sam's followers were quick to respond to her post, with new mum-of-three Myleene Klass tweeting: "WTAF?"

Others said that kids' school photos are meant to be awful and shared their airbrushing horror stories.

Others, however, backed the idea of retouching.

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