Introducing the First
Shudu NFT Collection
Brought to you exclusively by The Diigitals and Daz 3D
Striking and instantly captivating, a mysterious model named Shudu appeared on Instagram in 2017 and quickly attracted thousands of followers wanting to know more about her identity. She was revealed to be a virtual model created by fashion photographer and visual artist Cameron-James Wilson (using Daz Studio software). Shudu was influenced by a number of inspirational and beautiful women who Cameron admires - and she continues to be shaped by real life muses across the globe. With Shudu’s sizable platform, she hopes to champion diversity in fashion, collaborate with creators from under-represented communities, and partner with up-and-coming designers and brands.
“With unprecedented access to my archives, Daz has reworked some of Shudu’s most iconic imagery as NFTs.”
- Cameron-James, Founder & CEO The Diigitals, Creator of Shudu
DAZ3D launch of one-of-a-kind NFT digital assets for the first-ever digital supermodel Shudu in partnership with The Diigitals. This exclusive NFT Shudu collection will be available starting March 30, 2021 on OpenSea NFT platform. A percentage of the proceeds will support Black Girls Code, a not-for-profit organization working to increase the number of young women of color, ages 7 to 17, in the digital space by empowering them to become innovators in STEM fields.
This first digital supermodel NFT collection will include animated GIFs and still images inspired by some of Shudu's most iconic imagery, plus never-before-seen artwork featuring Shudu. The collection will only be available in limited quantities via auctions and one-time purchases.
With the launch of Shudu's first-ever NFT collection, Daz 3D and The Diigitals are working together to continue the conversation surrounding art, digital identity, and diversity in the real and virtual worlds. Daz 3D and The Diigitals are using NFTs to commemorate Shudu's global impact on elevating the voices of 3D artists and creators. The NFT collection celebrates empowerment and diversity in both the fashion and tech industries.
"Shudu perfectly represents our mission at Tafi (DAZ3D) to create and support diversity and individual ownership within digital expression. We strive to help digital artists create and monetize their work and we are excited to further this mission with the launch of this collection with The Diigitals," said Ty Duperron, Chief Operating Officer at Tafi.
"I began my career in 3D four years ago, using Daz Studio, to create Shudu – my first ever virtual model. Working in partnership with Daz now is truly a full circle moment. With unprecedented access to my archives, Daz has reworked some of Shudu's most iconic imagery as NFTs. I have always championed Daz due to their accessibility, empowering anyone to be a 3D artist – even me – someone with no prior knowledge in 3D to now being an industry leader paving the way for many other 3D artists. The body of work on display represents a culmination of my entire career's developments, learnings and milestones." - Cameron-James Wilson, Founder + CEO, The Diigitals.
"I've been working with Shudu for a while now but the last year has shown even greater possibilities for her. This project, in particular, excites me! It's a new milestone for Shudu, and what can be accomplished when tech and fashion collaborate in this way. Involving Black Girls Code in this means so much to me. I think the work they do is amazing and so vital in changing the landscape of tech as it currently exists." - Ama Badu, Muse and Journalist for Shudu, The Diigitals
Supporting Black Girls CODE
Black Girls CODE is an organization working to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields. Proceeds from the sales of Shudu NFTs will go to this powerful organization to help further their mission to introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders.
Cameron-James Wilson - Creator
Cameron-James Wilson is a British fashion photographer and visual artist with over a decade of experience in the industry. Seeking inspiration in a new medium, Cameron began experimenting in 3D modeling and CGI and created Shudu – the World’s First Digital Supermodel. He has since founded The Diigitals, an all-digital modeling agency created to demonstrate the potential of 3D fashion modeling and showcase its application for innovative brands.
Ama Badu - Shudu’s muse & voice
A long-time fan of Shudu and Cameron’s work, Ama, a beauty, fashion, art and culture journalist, was compelled to take on the voice and craft Shudu’s soul. To Ama, Shudu is real, and she wants her to be as real to everyone else too.
AUCTION ENDS 8AM BST 09/04/21