Earlier this week, a 19-year-old blonde known as Milla Sofia made headlines when it emerged she was artificially generated.
Since then, dozens of digital influencers are uncovered on Instagram, TikTok and Twitter who often have fake names and elaborate backstories, jobs and interests. AI-generated photos show them on fake vacations.
These rising stars – who combined have hundreds of thousands of followers – are receiving admiration and cash from real men.
Some AI influencers like Andrea look like real humans smiling for the camera. Andrea has a Patreon page that charges for nude images of the AI
Zoey Platinum claims to be a 21-year-old woman originally from Los Angeles, California and recently moved to Brooklyn, New York
Andrea is a brown-haired beauty with more than 30,000 followers on Twitter/X who comment on her lewd photos. She includes her PayPal account details in her bio and offers nude images for subscribers on Patreon.
Andrea’s Patreon offers plan options to chat with her, and for $300 a month, she will ‘basically be your online girlfriend.’
The human creators of these AI influencers are unknown faces on the web, only pushing out content to likely live a life they had only dreamed of.
Milla Sofia is an aspiring fashion model with a portfolio of portraits showing her tanning in Bora Bora, taking in the views in Greece and working in a corporate office.
She has made headlines this week after Futurism uncovered her existence online.
Some AI-generated personas, like Miquela Sousa, have been revealed to be marketing stunts that turned into gold mines.
Miquela starred in advertising campaigns for major brands such as Prada and Balenciaga, was interviewed by Vogue, and was named one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential people on the internet.
The forever 19-year-old is the brainchild of Trevor McFedries and Sara DeCou, founders of the fashion brand BRUD, who unleashed the AI teen in 2019.
At first, her creators liked to tease her followers and capitalize on the confusion. ‘Is she human?’ asked one perturbed Instagram user. ‘Why do you look like a doll?’ demanded another.
‘She’s some kind of cute mannequin,’ someone claimed. ‘It’s clearly a robot,’ stated another.
Eventually, fans were told the truth, or part of it at least. ‘I’m not a human being,’ Miquela confessed on her page. She said her ‘hands’ were shaking as she ‘wrote’ the post.
One of these digital designs, Milla Sofia, is an aspiring fashion model with a portfolio of portraits
One virtual influencer named Deanna Ritter does not hide the fact she does not exist in the real world but is not shy about asking for money from fans. But it is no secret AI created her – her fingers are nothing like an actual human’s
Celestia claims to be a visionary 19-year-old virtual influencer redefining creativity in the digital realm
Miquela, however, may not be as convincing as the latest flood of AI influencers interacting with followers with a human touch.
Most of the AI influencers have large breasts and are blonde – only a handful that DailyMail.com found are brunettes.
One virtual influencer named Deanna Ritter does not hide the fact she does not exist in the real world but is not shy about asking for money from fans.
The creator has set up a CashApp, Tips and Donation page and app to buy the blonde a cup of coffee – one of her supporters has bought her five cups.
Deanna claims to be from Seattle, Washington and has over 92,000 followers on X.
On July 26, Deanna shared an image of herself wearing a Mariners baseball jersey as she stood on a green field.
One user commented: ‘You’ll do a great pitching job; Sweetheart.’
And other male users shared: ‘I’m sure there will be plenty of wood on that field, and I’m not talking about baseball bats.’
Some AI-generated personas, like Miquela Sousa, have been revealed to be marketing stunts that turned into gold mines
Alexis Ivyedge’s page states she is a virtual influencer and model living in Denver, Colorado. Her Instagram has over 28,000 followers and she says she is a ‘Bikini and Lingerie lover’
With 14,000 X followers, Natalia Novak claims to be a 21-year-old virtual influencer from Los Angeles, California
While the blue-eyed blonde has a pretty smile, some of her images are a dead giveaway that she is AI.
One, in particular, is of her with bizarre-looking fingers that bend in ways they should not.
Midjourny, Stable Diffusion, and DALL-E 2 are just image-generating systems trained on thousands of existing images, allowing them to learn to reproduce different styles, textures and elements.
However, they all seem to get one thing wrong – people’s hands.
A Stability AI spokesperson told BuzzFeed News: ‘It’s generally understood that within AI datasets, human images display hands less visibly than they do faces.
‘Hands also tend to be much smaller in the source images, as they are relatively rarely visible in large form.’
With 14,000 X followers, Natalia Novak claims to be a 21-year-old virtual influencer from Los Angeles, California.
Natalia also has a tip jar and Patreon account where users can pay $9.99 or $14 monthly for exclusive content.
Alexis Ivyedge (left) shared a picture of her with another AI model named Aimee Seltz (right)
Sarah Jordan, also an AI influencer, is ‘Australian-made.’ She has more than 266,000 Instagram followers
Lizzy Monagan has no bio on X or Instagram but has gained quite a following. She recently shared a portrait of herself with her long, flowing red hair being carried in the wind
While some social media users have guessed the stunning portraits are too good to be true, others have fallen for these mystical digital beauties.
Men are flocking to these images to professor their love for what appear to be young women – some even asking for a contact or a date.
On July 19, Milla posted an image of herself in a white bikini, standing on a balcony in Santorini.
‘I’m ‘Greek’-ing out over how to leave this paradise,’ the post on her X account reads.
‘Thanks for another great view of Santorini! You look marvelous, amazing, pretty, beautiful, gorgeous, stunning and breathtaking in a white bikini,’ one X user commented.
‘There’s a perfect woman,’ one male user commented on another image of Milla.
Alexis Ivyedge is a prominent AI figure on social media with 33,000 X followers and more than 28,000 on Instagram.
Her bio states she is a bikini and lingerie lover but is open that she is a virtual model.
What makes her even more convincing is that she shared a picture of herself with another AI influencer on X.
‘Happy Friday! I had a wonderful time with my beautiful sister @AimeeSeltz at this ball. Love you sis,’ the post reads.
It features Aimee Seltz, another digital woman from Adelaide, South Australia.
Aimee has more than 12,000 followers on Instagram, where she recently shared an image of herself and her grandmother, who AI also generated.
‘Today I got to catch up with my wonderful grandmother for her 90th birthday,’ the post caption reads.
Lizzy Monagan has no bio on X or Instagram but has gained quite a following.
She recently shared a portrait of herself with her long, flowing red hair being carried in the wind.
‘Good morning, beautiful Lizzy hope you have a wonderful day sweetheart. I could just get lost in those totally dreamy eyes of your forever sweetness,’ one user commented.
However, another user appeared not to fall for the image and asked: ‘Are you for real or AI?’
Several AI influencers are verified on X and Instagram, making it harder for some users to determine what is digital or reality.