You have probably come across the strikingly beautiful picture of Shudu, a black “model” who’s perfection has you wondering why one girl looks so perfect. And just maybe you might have also come across the picture of, a male model who has had you questioning exactly what your life is about.
As interesting as these two perfect models are, a lot of people still don’t know that they are the world’s first digital models. No darlings, they aren’t real. The dark skinned model who currently has 100,000 followers on Instagram and Nfon the male version of Shudu, who is also gradually making waves are both digital creations of artist and photographer Cameron-James-Wilson.
Cameron created the two models using 3D imaging. According to him in an interview with Metro UK, he claims to have been learning 3D imagery for graphic novels and animations and had the “opportunity to create a model however he wanted”. “So I created the most beauty woman he could”.
Shudu is said to take inspiration from a Barbie doll, called the princess of South Africa, as well as international super models like Duckie Thot. (Thought she looked familiar.. lol)
But a lot of people are still oblivious to the fact that both Shudu and Nfon are a product of 3D imagery, despite the fact that Cameron has been including the #3Dart on pictures posted via the Shudu.gram after his interview with Isiuwa. Shudu has modeled for SWAC lipstick and has also promoted a tee shirt for SoulskyBrand. She even got an rt from cult makeup brand Fenty beauty, whom we doubt know that she isn’t an actual person.
Well, the creation of Shudu and Nfon has come with a lot criticism from social media (as expected) users who claim that Cameron who is white has created both models in order to boycott dark- skinned models and avoid paying them. But Cameron has debunked those claims, by stating that Shudu is not being used as a commercial model, he also noted that Shudu is “not for hire, she is a muse for my creative output”. And that he continues to post on Shudu.gram because people really enjoy the art and imagery.