Luisa Zissman defends photoshopping pictures of her children

LUISA Zissman has defended photoshopping her children’s photos in a debate about school portraits.

The Apprentice star appeared on Good Morning Britain to debate the news a school offered to airbursh student’s portraits.

 Luisa debated Dawn O'Porter on Good Morning Britain


Luisa debated Dawn O’Porter on Good Morning BritainCredit: Ken McKay/ITV/REX

Luisa is mum to daughters Dixie, nine, Indigo, three, and Clementine, two.

She told hosts Susanna Reid and Adil Ray: “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…”

The 32-year-old continued: “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.”

 Luisa with her three children


Luisa with her three childrenCredit: Instagram
 Dawn disagreed with photoshopping your children


Dawn disagreed with photoshopping your childrenCredit: Ken McKay/ITV/REX

While defending her decision, she said her kids don’t know that she’s altering the photos – and she wants them to be as good as possible for her “nice house”.

She said: “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.

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 Luisa with a young Dixie


Luisa with a young DixieCredit: Danny Martindale/WireImage
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“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.”

Author Dawn O’Porter argued against her. She is mum to two boys with actor Chris O’Dowd.

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.’

“Let’s not instil that feeling.”

 Fans were divided over the debate


Fans were divided over the debateCredit: Ken McKay/ITV/REX

Viewers were divided by the option, with one person saying: “Photoshop children’s school photos?? What kind of msg is that giving children. This is a great way of lowering their self esteem. In today’s society with all the mental health issues especially in children I think this is the most ludicrous idea ever”.

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However, another contested: “My 15 yo son refused to have his school photo taken because he had a few spots…he only agreed because the photographer said he would photoshop them out”.


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