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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.


According to a video by Affinity Magazine, Wilson created the model in order to "represent the models of today and their beauty," after he noticed there was a "big movement with dark skin."

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.

Others on social media are echoing these sentiments, suggesting that Wilson is exploiting black beauty by not simply hiring an actual black model.

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Here are 11 Oscar-Worthy African Feature Films to Watch

While Ivory Coast's 'Night of the Kings' and Tunisia's 'The Man Who Sold His Skin' have been shortlisted for the "Best International Feature Film", here are 9 additional films that made strong contenders for an Oscar.

The Oscars are only a few months away. While Tunisia and Ivory Coast were the only African countries to have been shortlisted for the Oscars in the "Best International Feature Film" category, there are a number of African feature films that are certainly Oscar-worthy and a must-watch. Africa is no stranger to the Oscars party having triumphed in this category three times already, starting with 1970 when the Costa-Gavras Algerian-French co-production, Z dazzled the world. The latest win arrived in 2006 with South Africa's crime drama, Tsotsi.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the professional organization that awards the Oscars, put forward, at the beginning of this year, an approved list of ninety-three countries that submitted films eligible for consideration in the "Best International Feature Film" category for the forthcoming 93rd Oscars. In order to qualify for the category, the film must be feature-length (more than 40 minutes), produced outside of the United States with a predominantly (more than 50%) non-English dialogue.

This year had African films being some of the strongest Oscars submissions they have ever been. Eleven African countries were initially represented in the Academy's approved list. Algeria had submitted its entry, Heliopolis earlier but it was curiously missing. Sources report that the country voluntarily withdrew its submission but the reason is yet to be made clear. Among the countries, Sudan and Lesotho were first-time participants in the process. Although Tunisia and Ivory Coast ultimately outcompeted the rest, the high quality of submissions this year is a reflection of the filmmaking talent on the continent despite severe structural limitations.

The 93rd annual Academy Awards are scheduled to take place on April 25. In the meanwhile, here is a list of 11 African feature films that were initially submitted to this year's Oscars and made (or still make, in two instances) strong contenders for an award in the "Best International Feature Film" category.

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Nasty C Set to Appear on the 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'

Nasty C will make his daytime US television debut on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' this Friday. He's also set to perform his latest single 'Black and White' alongside Ari Lennox.

South African rapper Nasty C has announced that he will be appearing on the popular US television show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, this Friday. This will be the artist's debut on US daytime television having previously performed "They Don't" alongside T.I. on late night television show, Late Night with Seth Meyers. The artist recently shared the exciting news via social media.

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