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Asking for a photograph with a resume is going to potentially open you up to discrimination lawsuits. Any person you choose not to hire who happens to be of a minority race, or religion, or even female, would have grounds to sue you if you hired someone else who was not a member of that minority. It's also illegal to state a gender preference in a job ad, so you can't ask for photographs to prove that. And because a person's appearance isn't relevant to their ability to do a personal assistant job, there isn't any legitimate reason to make that request. If you're just curious, once you've narrowed down the candidates for the position, you can arrange in-person meetings or do interviews over video chat.
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