People Are Mad at This White Photographer for Creating a Fake Dark-Skinned Model
British photographer, Cameron James Wilson, says he created the virtual black model Shudu to "represent the models of today and their beauty."
You may or may not have seen images of Shudu on your Instagram feed.
The tall, dark-skinned black "model" has close to 40,000 followers. She draws comparisons to Duckie Thot and has even been seen in an image wearing lipstick from Fenty Beauty. Perhaps the most perplexing thing about Shudu, however, is that she is not actually real—she's a virtual character created by British fashion photographer Cameron James Wilson.
The photographer has also created another black digital model, named Nfon.
His motives for creating these virtual models, have stuck the wrong cord with many on social media, who feel as though his creation of Shudu was just an attempt to capitalize off of the visibility of dark-skinned models.
"A White photographer digitally engineered a dark-skinned model and has been profiting off of this uncannily offensive innovation as he noticed a demand for/increased visibility of dark-skinned models," said Twitter user Suburban Zulu.
- T'is the wildest shit I've ever come across. A White photographer digitally engineered a dark-skinned model and h… https://t.co/Jsak1xW2RK— Nywe Nywe Nywe (@Nywe Nywe Nywe) 1519760332.0
Others on social media are echoing these sentiments, suggesting that Wilson is exploiting black beauty by not simply hiring an actual black model.
@TheAffinityMag She is gorgeous, but it's like... aren't there actual models of the same skin tone who could maybe use the exposure?— CatherineAJ (@CatherineAJ) 1519761145.0
@TheAffinityMag Doing all of that instead of just paying a black woman to model... 😒😒😒 https://t.co/jUGmzcn5n7— Shonnia Burton (@Shonnia Burton) 1519763935.0
@TheAffinityMag They used the labor, inventions, and creativity of real Niggas for centuries without paying em. No… https://t.co/rfmIOBostg— FlashJordan (@FlashJordan) 1519767519.0
@TheAffinityMag I can't even put into words how wrong this is. Why is it so hard to just pay black women— 🌸 (@🌸) 1519762983.0
@TheAffinityMag There are literally hundreds of women identical to this that you can hire as models. This look is p… https://t.co/2ZpDElU8Qp— jarritospina (@jarritospina) 1519767429.0
@holokam @TheAffinityMag He’s literally a photographer. Google him if you must. This is creepy and unnecessary as h… https://t.co/srIDVLaHND— Liv ✨ (@Liv ✨) 1519765168.0
@TheAffinityMag A white photographer figured out how to make money off black women without paying them— new years dayne (@new years dayne) 1519758827.0