She’s the first Canadian Tamil MP and the standard bearer for young women in a male dominated political culture.
But rising member of Parliament, Rathika Sitsabaiesan, 29, is at the centre of an embarrassing Photoshop controversy- after authorities apparently deemed her cleavage (pictured left) too hot to handle.
According to political blog Contrarian, an enterprising reader performed an image search for Sitsabaiesan and came across the thumbnail.
Now you see it: Canadian MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan’s cleavage appears to have been too much for political officials to handle, prompting a ‘retouch’
But when the reader clicked through to Sitsabaiesan’s official Parliamentary profile, he found a modified version of the headshot, which had been retouched to edit out her feminine curves.
Canada’s conservative politicos apparently decided that the photo was inappropriate for a workplace as formal as Parliament.
But critics argue that the alteration was anti-feminist, and that that the cleavage was removed to make Sitsabaiesan appear less womanly.
It is not known if the cropping was requested by her party, her own office, or on the Parliamentary website’s own authority.