People often complain about how terrible they look in their passport photos, and it doesn’t help that the US government has some pretty strict requirements regarding the layout, lighting, and composition. That’s probably why everyone seems to be talking about Prince’s official passport pic, which the musician shared with the world recently.

Now everyone’s talking about how Prince was able to achieve such a “perfect” portrait while staying within the government’s guidelines.

The photo should be taken “in front of a plain white or off-white background,” the US Department of State says. The studio lighting in Prince’s photo has created some shadows on his face and on half of the background, but apparently they’re soft enough to not be considered unacceptable.


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