Photoshop Of Horrors: Canadian MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan’s Shameful Cleavage Removed

A Canadian Member of Parliament–29-year-old Rathika Sitsabaiesan–is now famously the victim of some unfortunate Photoshopping. According to Canadian blog Contrarian, a photo of the politician featuring some extremely not-racy cleavage served momentarily as her headshot on Parliament’s official website. It was replaced with an altered version erasing the ignominious vertical  line on her chest, which indicates the disgraceful female form barely contained beneath her sensible scoopneck. The altered version also accompanies her Wikipedia page. The photo is credited “House of Commons photo.”

…Okay, though, seriously: we find Sitsabaiesan’s cleavage barely noticeable (that statement necklace on the other hand–) and think it’s absurd to erase plain old female body parts, however we’ve also worked in offices where any amount of cleavage was considered inappropriate. Do you think this is too risque for an official portrait? Or should all female politicians wear unisex gray smocks that cover their bodies? Or something in the middle? Maybe crewnecks…?

(Contrarian via Jezebel)

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    • Eileen

      See, I thought the cleavage in the first shot was photoshopped in – she looks pretty thin, if we’re judging by her face, and if that’s actually a hard line between her breasts that comes up that high, she’s got serious breasts. I kind of think that the shadow is okay for a professional photo, but the line is not, if that makes any sense. Also – was she herself maybe embarrassed and inclined to alter the photo once it got put up? (haven’t we all had a professional ID photo we didn’t like?) Who actually changed the picture?

    • Pip

      I feel like I want to play ‘spot the difference’ with the pictures, but I can only see one difference (or does it count as two?).

    • Jenny

      I think it’s an inappropriate amount of cleavage – at least for a professional head shot. As an everyday top I think it’s fine, but your official head shot should be a reflection of you at your most “professional”. Unfortunately, cleavage is deemed “unprofessional” and rightly or wrongly men and women will judge you.

      I could, however, be bias. I’m blessed with D’s and as a result have a hard time finding “work appropriate” clothes that aren’t turtlenecks (and I freaking hate turtlenecks). If I work this hard to not show off the girls at work, so should they.

      As a result, I run around like a harlot on the weekend.