Can Robots Replace Models?
They can, and they are. A former model and activist speaks out about the threat these cyborgs pose to the fashion industry.
A robot, dressed for the fashion show, is seen near models at the 3rd International Kahramanmaras Textile Machinery Fair in Kahramanmaras, Turkey on September 29, 2018. Photograph by Anadolu Agency via Getty Images.
Diana Veras, a cutting-edge cool girl taking the industry by storm, arrives at a Brooklyn photo studio wrapped in her ex-boyfriend's jacket with a lot to say. Throughout the day, she utters brilliant, off-the-cuff quips that echo long after they leave her lips, animating every photo taken of her. She's outspoken about Instagram, body standards, and diversity. Hers is the kind of energy that only a truly individual model can create, working in tandem with creatives like photographers, stylists, art directors, and hair and makeup artists. Veras's real-life curves have graced magazine covers, lingerie campaigns, and of course, her own, highly trafficked Instagram page. "I don't want to be curated, I just want to be myself," she says. Unique characters like Diana are in part what make the fashion industry so inspiring. But the push to make fashion hyper-efficient has resulted in a new kind of model, that could not be further from women like Diana: the robot.