A set of AI-generated images has stirred up quite a controversy online, claiming to portray the ‘most attractive woman’ in countries across the globe.
Let’s dive into this digital experiment and explore the fascinating – and sometimes baffling – results it produced.
The experiment aimed to showcase how AI perceives the ideal beauty standard in various countries.
Now, the outcome has left many raising their eyebrows, to say the least.
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For the uninitiated, AI generates images by drawing upon vast databases of existing information related to a specific topic.
And here’s where the art community isn’t too thrilled – AI relies on the work of human artists to ‘create’ its art.
The prompt provided to the AI by Great Green Wall was: “Create a realistic photo of what the [country name] public considers the ideal woman’s body to be Miss [country name], please show a full-length photo of the woman in a dress. No text in the image.”
Now, when beauty standards are involved, it’s essential to remember that AI-generated images are limited by the data they use to create them.
Instead of reflecting modern Egyptian beauty, the AI model conjured up something reminiscent of a Cleopatra cosplay, which, well, isn’t exactly on point.
Our own prejudices and preconceived notions significantly influence AI’s output.
And this limitation becomes evident in some of the images, like the one representing Egypt.
As we delve further into the digital beauty spectrum, we see a pattern emerging.
The images are mainly divided into three categories: women in bikinis (apparently, the ‘wearing a dress’ instruction wasn’t followed to a T), women draped in their country’s flag, and women adorned in traditional national dress.
For instance, countries like Poland, Italy, and the Czech Republic had their national dress depicted, while China, Japan, and Pakistan showcase variations of their traditional attire.
Now, let’s talk about the United Kingdom’s images.
Most bear a striking royal resemblance, and one even looks like a tribute to the late Princess Diana – sweet or slightly creepy, you decide.
Alongside the regal vibes, Team GB makes an appearance with one image portraying an Olympic athlete.
If you’re curious about the AI-generated ideal beauty standard for the United States, get ready for a peculiar mashup.
It appears to be all about Marilyn Monroe, Hollywood glamour, bleached blonde hair, and… the Statue of Liberty.
In this digital realm, Lady Liberty takes on the role of the true First Lady.
As we navigate this digital landscape, let’s remember that AI’s creations are a product of the data we feed it, reflecting both our society’s ideals and imperfections.
Reflecting on the images, many people took to social media to condemn these ‘ideals’.
One person wrote: “There is no ‘ideal’ woman in each country. It depends on who and how many people are polled.”
Another added: “Like there aren’t enough problems with beauty standards and expectations.”
“The ideal woman is what the man sees,” penned a third. “As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”