Japan is often the leader in technological advances, they have done it again this time introducing the world's first CGI fashion model. Meet Imma, whose realistic features are actually all created by talented graphics artists.
The model has more than 18,000 followers on Instagram.
Her bio says she is interested in Japanese culture and film and that she wants to ‘attract humans to the fashion show.’
Imma was created by CG company ModelingCafe, who transposes her 3D animated head onto a real-life body and background. Imma takes her name from the Japanese word ima which means now.
The hyper-realistic detail of Imma's face is reportedly thanks to having female engineers work on the project. Apparently, it is only women who wear makeup that could understand exactly what detailing would perfect Imma's look.
Virtual models might replace humans
The computer-generated star graced the cover of Japan’s CG World magazine but her popularity isn’t impressing everyone. The fashion industry while infamous for mistreating human models is unsure if they are ready for CGI ones.
Imma is not entirely unusual in Japan though. As a country obsessed with manga and anime admiring virtual beauty comes fairly naturally to them.
For example one of Japan’s most adored pop stars Hatsune Miku is actually a hologram. Not only that but one devoted fan even married the virtual star. A thirty-five-year-old Japanese man married a small doll in the form of Japanese Vocaloid pop star Hatsune Miku late last year.
Akihiko Kondo, tweeted a photo of himself in a white suit with his new bride in a tiny white dress. Kondo says he distrusts women after being bullied at work but found solace in a relationship with Miku.
Japan loves weird weddings
In the wedding announcement tweet, Kondo says he invited 39 people to the ceremony including a member of parliament. It is unclear what legal status the wedding has in Japan. The ceremony included rings and the signing of a wedding certificate.
“We would like to express our deepest gratitude to those who supported us,” Kondo tweeted.
In 2017, another Japanese man married a virtual woman, the lovelorn man got hitched to his favorite computer game character in an elaborate ceremony hosted by a gaming company.
Hibiki Works created the NiNite Zuma Lovely x Cation dating simulator game which lets players date one of its three anime characters. If these events are anything to go by Imma might have a few wedding proposals before the year is out.