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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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Meet Four Women Pushing Ivorian Art Forward Through Photography

These young and emerging female photographers from Côte d'Ivoire are shaking up Abidjan's art scene.

There's been a tremendous amount of awe-inspiring art coming from the African continent lately. Photography is no exception. It is one of the most powerful tools used in changing the way in which the West perceives Africa and its diaspora and perhaps the reason why contemporary photography is thriving.

The female gaze is paramount to the way in which the aforementioned visual stories are told and the female photographers here are using their camera lenses to give us glimpses of lands, peoples, histories, and futures unknown. Their individual experiences and perspectives are widening the scope of what is believed to be Côte d'Ivoire. Within the country's capital, Abidjan, there's a creative scene that seems to have sprawled up out of nowhere yet is so rich in its offerings.

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