Misty Bailey, Jamaican Model, Muse for World’s First AI Supermodel Shudu, Has Passed Away

Popular Jamaican model Misty Bailey, famous as a muse for the world’s first AI model Shudu, has passed away, it has been confirmed.

Bailey died at the start of June according to a tribute post shared in her honor on Threads.

My deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to Model Misty Bailey’s family and friends on her untimely passing. 🙏🏾❤️❤️,” the post read.

Misty Bailey, Jamaican Model Passes Away

Misty Bailey made her name as a fashion and editorial model in her home country of Jamaica before traveling to the United Kingdom to continue her career.

She worked for 10 hard years in Jamaica before emigrating to the U.K to further her career where once again she excelled.

Oxygen Model Management signed her after a year and the rest, as they say, is history.

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I’m a very creative person I love singing/song writing/music producing/performing and building my brand. (Misty The Brand),” the model said in an interview with the Diigital Magazine.

“What drives me to be successful is firstly making my dad and family proud. Being able to provide for myself and live my life without struggling financially and inspiring others to never give up on their dreams,”

Bailey was in the news a few years ago after being chosen as one of the stand-in models for the pioneering AI model, Shudu.

Shudu is a South African AI model created by artificial intelligence.

Professional retoucher Cameron-James Wilson created her using 3D modeling software such as Daz3D, Photoshop, and garment simulation software Clo3D. He said she is inspired by black models such as Naomi Campbell, Alex Wek, and Iman.

Bailey recalled how she connected with Wilson: “I first encountered Cameron through Instagram. He saw my photos one day and thought I look similar to Shudu. We planned for a year on working together on some cool projects and Ellesse stepped in as our first opportunity to do so. My initial thoughts on this were “WOW this is incredible!” I’m excited to be shooting as Shudu and I’m grateful to Cameron and the Ellesse team for the amazing opportunity,”

Wilson has faced accusations of appropriation, of using a black model to profit as a white man and taking work off Black models. Shudu has so far modeled for Vogue, Hypebeast, V Magazine, and WWD, among others.

However, Bailey jumped to his defense, saying in an interview: “I think that’s a bit racist to be honest, because how can you tell someone what colour or race they should create? I don’t think it makes any sense,” she said.

“I believe they are racist with that. Because there are photographers working with black models, designers working with black models, that are not black. Why should there be any difference?”

Bailey’s grace, elegance, and beauty, which she displayed in all that she did, is definitely going to be missed.

May she rest in peace.

This post was published on June 22, 2024 8:32 AM

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