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World's first AI beauty pageant reveals top 10 'fake candidates'

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World's first AI beauty pageant reveals top 10 'fake candidates'

Zain Johnson speaks to Barbara Friedman about trending online topics.

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The beauty pageant industry has grown to be 'more inclusive' over the years - lately, this inclusivity involves AI models.

The World AI Creator Awards (WAICA) is a first-of-its-kind global programme of awards dedicated to recognising the achievements of AI creators around the world.

The first instalment of the WAICAs is Miss AI - where traditional beauty pageantry is crossing the world of AI creators.

Contestants will be judged on their beauty, tech, and clout for the chance to earn the Miss AI crown. 

Many of the 'contestants' also champion various social causes.

The judging panel selected the finalists from more than 1,500 applications. Out of the 1,500 entrants into the 'Fanvue World AI Creator Awards', the 10 artificial finalist will battle it out to become the first ever Miss AI. 

The prize pool worth $20,000 will be split between the top three contestants with the winner taking $5,000 (£3,900) in cash as well as perks and promotions on the Fanvue platform. 

Here's a look at 'Miss AI' top 10:

(To be clear, these aren't real people...)

Aiyana Rainbow

Olivia C

Kenza Layli

Anne Kerdi

Zara Shatavari


Seren Ay

Asena Ilik

Eliza Khan

Ailya Lou

"It is so intriguing to see what these women look like because it's coming from people's data or what I think is the most searches for certain kinds of images of women... would then be influenced in the AI algorithm... on this site, they make so much money out of people engaging with these fake people and you can spend all night talking to or dating these people who just don't exist in real life - what world are we living in?"
- Barbara Friedman, Barb's Wire - CapeTalk

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