You have already heard of Noonoouri. She’s not real, but the reaction she’s getting is VERY real.
Noonoouri is an AI creation and was “signed” to a record deal with Warner music. A debut single called “Dominoes” was released on September 1 and features Noonoouri bouncing around in a bikini that’s apparently from Kim Kardashian’s “Skims” collection. Her/its voice is derived from two male singers, Leonardo Martinelli and Rafa Vaivano. Her/its look is supposed to be inspired by crossing Kardashian with Naomi Campbell.
Noonoouri’s creator, a 43-year-old German graphic designer named Joerg Zuber, had a 19-year-old woman in mind for his avatar. So for, she/it has turned up in ad campaigns for Valentino, Dior, and Balenciaga. Flip through Vouge, Elle, and Harper’s Bizarre and you may run across she/it. Believe it or not, Noonoouri also has a modeling contract with IMG Models Worldwide.
Okay, fine. So where does the creepiness come in? If Noonoouri is supposed to be a 19-year-old woman, why does she have the body of a 12-year-old? Critics have been very quick to point out that it really, really feels like this is sexualizing children in a big way.
I agree. Thoughts on this? More here.