With a blink of an eye, a new trend comes up.
This time it is Shudu Gram, the world’s first ever digital supermodel! She has attracted several eyes for being the unique concept and there are positives but there is also criticism ranging as to a white man focused on a racist concept.
Nevertheless, the concept definitely deserves appreciation.
However, it was only recently that Wilson revealed that Shudu was entirely computer-generated, with her followers previously under the impression that she was a real person.
Rihanna’s cosmetics company, Fenty Beauty, even shared a photo of Shudu on their Instagram account that shows her wearing a shade of the makeup line’s lipstick.
Wilson is a 28-year old British photographer based in London. He’s spent the last years working within the fashion sector and has made a name for himself as a beauty, fashion and celebrity photographer.
The successful photographer taught himself how to create three-dimensional art online, which is how Shudu Gram was conceived.
While Wilson’s beautiful creation undoubtedly showcases his talent, some have questioned the ethics of designing a digital model with darker skin, as opposed to photographing a black model in real life.
“A white photographer figured out a way to profit off of black women without ever having to pay one,” one person wrote on Twitter.
“Now pls, tell me how our economic system is in no way built on and quite frankly reliant on racism and misogyny.”
“This is problematic. Instead of hiring a black model, the photographer created one,” another person remarked.