"The World's first digital supermodel" is causing quite the stir on social media. With almost 100,000 followers on Instagram and even a feature on Rihanna's Fenty Beauty makeup page, the beautiful, simulated black woman is garnering a lot of attention.
Naming her Shudu, white photographer Cameron James Wilson created the model using a 3D modeling software and has even photoshopped her next to real model, Ajur showcasing her incredibly realistic appearance.
Wilson says "Shudu represents what I've always seen as beautiful, but something I don't see often enough. Although there's a slight change happening now, more people need to question, what is really beautiful."
The photographers intentions seem pure, but some black women are not impressed by the digital woman inspired by the likeness of their image. Wilson has no plans of using the virtual model for profit but some still believe that this will give the modeling industry reason to use fake black women instead of real ones.
Other black women however, are flattered by Wilson's art and feel that this will only encourage the industry to be more inclusive and hire more real, black models for their campaigns. They're not threatened because it is physically impossible for digital creations to walk runways, participate in certain ads etc. and completely replace real women.
What say you? Should black women take this as a compliment and look forward to it encouraging more dark skinned, black beauty representation in the media? Or should we see this is as another form of racism and misongyny where whites have found a way to profit off of black women without actually having to pay one? Let us know your thoughts below.