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Watch out Heidi Klum, here comes Shudu!

If you are not familiar with the name Shudu, then I am happy to introduce you to “the world’s first digital supermodel.” I’ll give you a moment to pick your jaw up off the floor. This is not a hoax as I originally thought. I cannot help to feel a little weirded out by this new phenomenon.

Shudu is real, so to speak. Cameron-James Wilson is a British photographer, digital artist, and is also the creator of Shudu. Despite what you may think, Shudu is not the only digital model taking social media by storm.

Meet Miquela Sousa, a.k.a. Lil Miquela. Miquela is a collaborative art project by artists Trevor McFedries and Sara Decou. Miquela is described as an Instagram influencer, but of what exactly? I am not sure myself. She has over a million Instagram followers and has dropped a couple of songs on YouTube.

From an art and design standpoint, it is breathtaking how realistic these digital models look. The accuracy in the depiction of how light hits and cascades over the human flesh is nothing short of perfection. At least now we would not have to accuse magazines of excessive photo editing.

In my opinion, the creation of digital models is devastating to the modeling world. Some critics argue that the unattainable standards of beauty and perfection these models set can corrupt young people, and I agree. Young people already have a hard time separating reality from the virtual world.

Believe it or not, it gets even more disturbing the further you dive into the subject of 3D digital models.

3 Comments

  1. kbeutner wrote:

    It’s amazing to see how realistically 3D models can be rendered now. Modeling technology is getting better and better, which allows for great special effects in film but has certainly caused a strange side effect on the fashion industry. What does it mean when people are running a fake Instagram for a digital model and pretending it’s a real person?

    Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6:22 pm | Permalink
  2. ckim46 wrote:

    This is.. fascinating, I never knew about these so-called digital models until reading your post. I think it’s insane how much technology has grown to be able to create such thing. I’m also weirded out at the fact that these unrealistic models have over 1 million followers on instagram. I think that says a lot about our society as well.

    Friday, September 21, 2018 at 10:28 am | Permalink
  3. hdelsign wrote:

    Wow… 3D models!!! I couldn’t believe it exists. I am fascinated by how realistic they were. What an amazing job! I can’t wait to see how fashion industry world will be changing by 3D models.

    Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 5:33 pm | Permalink