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You Might Not Believe This Dark-Skinned Supermodel is Digitally Created

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Meet Shudu Gram, the realistic looking digitally created dark skinned model and influencer created by celebrity photographer Cameron-James Wilson.

She is truly a work of art – literally!

Shudu has been making waves in the modeling industry ever since she made her debut on instagram in 2017 with her unbelievable luminous dark-brown skin, perfect symmetrical features.

 

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She wore neck rings that are normally worn in South Africa known as iindzila and her beauty had attracted a huge following with more than 70 000 instagram followers on her account and dubbed the world’s first digital supermodel.

So who is Shudu Gram?

Shudu is former fashion photographer Cameron-James Wilson’s digital projection of black womanhood that was birthed when he started experimenting with a program called Daz 3-D in 2017.

 

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Although many people might think that she is a real person, most were surprised to find out that she is computer generated model.

Shudu has been such an internet sensation that she has managed to garner admirers that include models Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell, Michael B Jordan and Alicia Keys.

She even managed to get a repost from Rihanna brand Fenty when she wore the brand’s lipstick, and garnered more than 222 000 likes on Instagram.

She has been featured in WWD and Vogue magazines, appeared in Balman and Ellesse ad campaigns and even had her first red carpet appearance in a custom gown by Swarovski at the 2019 BAFTA film awards.

Shudu is probably Wilson’s most known model but there are other digital models such as Akoi, Brenn, Margot and Zhi that form part of “The Diigitals” which is Wilson’s all-digital modeling agency.

There has been some backlash on Wilson’s model with many black women not being amused by the creation of a black model by a white man, with some including British writer Bolu Babalola going as far as arguing that the London-based photographer was taking advantage of the growing international interest in dark skinned models for profit.

Many women of colour upon realizing from the Harper’s Bazaar’s expose that Shudu’s creator was a white British man felt that the photographer was benefiting from the tradition of racial expropriation by not hiring real black models and using a digital model in ad campaigns.

Although Cameron himself denies this and maintains that he wanted to create a model that celebrated the beauty that is not often represented in the media that much.