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Photographer Gets Accused Of Racism After His Perfect Black Model ‘Shudu’ Gets Instagram Famous
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Photographer Gets Accused Of Racism After His Perfect Black Model ‘Shudu’ Gets Instagram Famous

There are thousands of beautiful Instagram models, but Shudu Gram is one of the kind.

Cameron-James Wilson is a 28-year-old self-taught British photographer who is the man behind the stunning dark-skinned model. He created the beautiful woman after teaching himself 3D modeling, using online resources and YouTube videos.

“Shudu represents what I’ve always seen as beautiful, but something I don’t see often enough,” Wilson told Isiuwa Igodan. “Although there’s a slight change happening now, more people need to question, what really is beautiful.”

Even though the artist claims he wanted to spread the message of empowerment and inclusivity and many praises his talent for digital art, there was a huge backlash from people around the web, saying that by creating a black model the photographer wants to take away jobs from real black women.

“A white photographer figured out a way to profit off of black women without ever having to pay one,” wrote one Twitter user. “Now pls, tell me how our economic system is in no way built on and quite frankly reliant on racism, misogyny, and blacksploitation.”

When asked what he thinks about all the negativity, Wilson says that he never had any ill intentions and is not planning on using Shudu as a commercial model. “To me she’s special, yes, but as are millions of real-life African men and women.”

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There are thousands of beautiful models on Instagram, but Shudu Gram is one of a kind

She won the hearts of more than 40k followers with her flawless skin and an enchanting gaze

But lately, she generated even more buzz around her

Except for this time, it’s not because of her beauty

It’s because of the fact that she’s not actually a real model

Shudu Gram is a digital creation of Cameron-James Wilson, a 28-year-old self-taught photographer from Great Britain

He created Shudu after teaching himself 3D, using online resources and Youtube tutorials

“Shudu represents what I’ve always seen as beautiful, but something I don’t see often enough,” Wilson said

“Although there’s a slight change happening now, more people need to question, what really is beautiful”

“Shudu is just everything I’m passionate about brought together”

“She embodies the best parts of the things that inspire me”

“A lot of what we see in media is trying to be less real, with filters and makeup”

“Shudu is coming from the other direction”

“She’s a fantasy trying to break through into reality and I have plans to help her do so”

Even though the artist claims he wanted to spread the message of empowerment and inclusivity

There was a huge backlash from people around the web

Some people accused the photographer of racism

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Others, though, were standing behind the photographer and his art

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What do you think about Shudu?

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SPORK! NFP
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a black woman I actually find this very touching and beautiful. The photographers muse is an ethereal and strong black woman. For those who don't understand artists and their deep connections to their muses (real or imaginary), it really is a passionate, personal and near sacred thing. Love this !

anarkzie
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There are people who find racism in anything.

Daniel Sipes
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I find your comment short and too the point. Well done.

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Hans
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just argueing what a person of colour X should do with his digital creation in colour Y relating to real people of colour Z is a racist thought. Colours do not matter, people do. And whether you prefer digital art, actual models, or no pictures showing perfect beauty at all is personal choice. People discuss every fart today while forgetting that we drown in problems endangering the future of our children, and we do not even notice it.

李米娜 (Mina)
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I compltely agree with you, everyone spouting about this being a racist act and a big hurt to black people are forgetting the real problems of racism we face today, different skin colours showing appreciation for others is wonderful, not racist, and the artist even said himself this is what he thinks is the MOST beautiful thing, he found his art, he loves, not hates. Other people take photos of real models, he doesn't, this doesnt mean he is crushing the dreams of black models, he is simply one artist who chose to do it another (and frankly amazing) way.

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SPORK! NFP
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a black woman I actually find this very touching and beautiful. The photographers muse is an ethereal and strong black woman. For those who don't understand artists and their deep connections to their muses (real or imaginary), it really is a passionate, personal and near sacred thing. Love this !

anarkzie
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There are people who find racism in anything.

Daniel Sipes
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I find your comment short and too the point. Well done.

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Hans
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just argueing what a person of colour X should do with his digital creation in colour Y relating to real people of colour Z is a racist thought. Colours do not matter, people do. And whether you prefer digital art, actual models, or no pictures showing perfect beauty at all is personal choice. People discuss every fart today while forgetting that we drown in problems endangering the future of our children, and we do not even notice it.

李米娜 (Mina)
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I compltely agree with you, everyone spouting about this being a racist act and a big hurt to black people are forgetting the real problems of racism we face today, different skin colours showing appreciation for others is wonderful, not racist, and the artist even said himself this is what he thinks is the MOST beautiful thing, he found his art, he loves, not hates. Other people take photos of real models, he doesn't, this doesnt mean he is crushing the dreams of black models, he is simply one artist who chose to do it another (and frankly amazing) way.

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