Luisa Zissman defends editing pictures of her young daughters
Former Apprentice star Luisa Zissman has defended the fact that she Photoshops pictures of her kids, in a debate on Good Morning Britain.
In the daytime television segment on school portraits the star, who is mum to Dixie, nine, Indigo, three and Clementine two, spoke candidly about altering images of her daughters.
The 32 year old was discussing the news that one school gave the option for parents to buy airbrushed versions of photos when she revealed: “I’ve never Photoshopped a school photo but we’ve had family ones done and I’ve just smoothed their skin, or if there’s a bit of ketchup…,"
“They’re not so lovely when they’re covered in crumbs of food. Two of them are ginger, so they have that fair skin that gets all red and blotchy, and I think it’s nice to look a bit smoother. And not look back and think, ‘Oh, my poor face!’
“I would never Photoshop the freckles though.”
The former Celebrity Big Brother star went on to defend her decision by admitting that her children are not aware that she does it.
She joked: “When it’s on the wall I like it to look nice, I’ve got a very nice house. I want them to fit the brand of the house.
“They don’t know, they just think they’re beautiful always, Photoshop or not. I wouldn’t Photoshop out a scar, or something like that because I wouldn’t want them to be ashamed of anything like that, but for me, there’s a line.
“Anything that was permanent, I wouldn’t Photoshop. I wouldn’t make them thinner, I wouldn’t make their eyes bigger, I wouldn’t do anything like that… I don’t think I’d whiten their teeth.”
The star then went on to add that although she may use photoshop she wouldn’t use Instagram filters on her daughters as they are much worse.
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She said: “I don’t put my kids on social media either. I’m not one of those mums who has a filter on them which I think is worse.
“I do think there’s a line to it, but for a school photo that you look back on, I think girls especially – and I’m really conscious raising three girls – sometimes a little ego boost, sometimes it’s okay not to like things about yourself.”
However, Dawn O’Porter, who is married to Hollywood star Chris O’Dowd, did not agree with Luisa, and argued that her choice would instead “instilling a bad feeling” in young kids.
She said: “Bad school photos are a rite of passage, I love laughing about mine. They’re so cheesy, they’re so blotchy, they’re so terrible.
“I would just be worried about that future conversation of, ‘didn’t you think I was good enough? I was a child and you didn’t think I was cute.’”
Many at home watching the debate were divided in opinion. One Twitter user wrote: “Disgusting to even think about airbrushing your children!!!!”
However, another praised Luisa, writing: “The honesty is real @TheLuluLife absolutely love her”.
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