The World’s First AI Supermodel Is A Black Woman

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While artificial intelligence (AI) generators provide fascinating photographs for your social media feed, how are they harming society in general?

With the current influx of AI-generated versions of users’ images via programs like Lensa AI, some are pointing out what this implies for the world as a whole (and, from the looks of it, white men’s pockets continue to grow as a result).

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Meet Shudu

According to The Outlet, Shudu is the first AI model, and she’s been booked and busy.

“Within the first two years of her career, she was featured in VogueHypebeastV Magazine, and WWD, fronted campaigns for Balmain and Ellesse, graced the red carpet at BAFTA 2019 awards wearing a bespoke gown by Swarovski, released her own record and was named one of the most influential people on the internet by Time,” The Outlet reports.

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While Shudu is scheduled and busy as a “Black woman,” there is no Black woman or Black guy earning the monies behind the digital supermodel.

“Are you familiar with Shudu?” I recently discovered that she is the first AI model. She’s been ‘hired’ across the industry, which means her creators are white males, not Black women. And businesses may claim to have run Black content without having to collaborate with or recruit Black people,” one Twitter user pointed out.

According to The Outlet, the Twitter user is correct in not having a Black figure behind a Black woman who is an AI supermodel. Shudu was actually created by a white creator named Cameron-James Wilson.

Furthermore, in the users’ opinion, things like Prisma Labs’ Lensa AI are paving the way for more of this to happen.

“That’s what you’re enabling Lensa to do when you give them your likeness,” Vanessid explained. “The more images you give it, the smarter and more lifelike it becomes. In addition to deepfakes or putting your face somewhere it’s never been or saying something you’d never say — AI is also Blackface.”
When it comes to AI characters like Shudu, it’s important noting that she not only seems to be Black, but also indigenous to Africa. It’s also worth noting that she has European looks, which could be because she was made by a white man.

Remember FN Meka?

A similar case of AI-generated figures sparking a social media outcry occurred earlier this summer when FN Meka was signed. He was eventually dropped by Capitol Records after demonstrating what many saw as stereotypical Black conduct — all under the direction of white people.


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