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Utah high school alters girls’ yearbook photos to cover skin, remove tattoo

Some female students at a high school in Utah apparently broke the “modesty” standards for their yearbook and discovered that their photos had been changed digitally, with sleeves and necklines added to cover their skin, and a tattoo removed.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that some girls at Wasatch High School in Heber City, named after Mormon apostle Heber C. Kimball, opened their yearbooks to find that the pictures they had taken were not exactly the same. The newspaper quoted sophomore Kimberly Montoya, whose blouse  had sleeves in the picture though not when she put it on that morning, as saying, “I was shocked.”

It also said that Shelby Baum, another sophomore, “found a square neckline drawn over her v-neck tee, and her collarbone tattoo was erased from the photo.” She had actually consulted the school dress code before getting the tattoo, which was a line of script that reminds her of how she emerged from a difficult childhood and that says, “I am enough the way I am.” 

The paper reported:

“My tattoo was a huge thing in my life,” Baum said, 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.”

The girls said that the airbrushing was was intended to “humiliate” them. They also told the newspaper that the edits were not done uniformly; in one case, two girls had on the same vests but one was edited to show a shirt covering the girl’s shoulders while the other was not.



Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.



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