Getting a new passport photo can feel like a lot of pressure: First, you have to follow the ever-changing rules and regulations. And then you have to try to look as cute as possible for an image you’ll carry with you for a decade in one of the most important documents you’ll ever have. And you have some big shoes to fill when it comes to epic passport snaps: Consider Prince’s most badass passport photo of all time, may he RIP.
So imagine one woman’s surprise when she thought she’d done everything right — posing for a cute and ordinary snapshot and sending it off for processing.
But when her new passport arrived in the mail, Austin’s Chelsey Ramos didn’t look quite like herself. In fact, the state department had stretched her imagine into a pretty hilarious, and rather unflattering, conehead.
Her boyfriend posted the image on Reddit, noting, “The State Department nailed my girlfriend's passport.” It’s since gone viral.
Even the state department itself weighed in on the thread, noting: “Whoops! U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs here. That is not our finest work. Please tell her we're sorry for the mistake and we're happy to fix it at no charge.”
"I would have loved to keep this passport but decided to send it back because I don't want to run into any issues at the airport,” she said. “The state department was super helpful though and are swapping it out for free."
Photo: Courtesy of Chelsey Ramos
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