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18th May 2023

AI shows what the ‘perfect man and woman’ look like

Steve Hopkins

‘Largely unrealistic’

Artificial intelligence has produced what the “ideal” man and woman look like according to social media data.

The images were created through engagement analytics on social media, using tools to look at billions of images of people.

Not surprisingly, the images are somewhat, “unrealistic”, much like what is projected on social media.

The Bulimia Project, an eating disorder awareness group, monitored the findings and warned the results are “largely unrealistic” in their depiction of body types.

The images of women, it said, favoured blondes, with brown eyes and olive skin.

While, for men, the bias was for brown hair, brown eyes and olive skin.

It also found that AI’s collection of social media-inspired images was “far more sexually charged” than those based on everything else it found on the web.

But, there was some variation between body preferences for men and women.

The “perfect” female body, according to social media in 2023, featured tanned and Caucasian-looking women with slim figures and small waists.

For women, 37 per cent of the AI-generated images included blonde hair and 53 per cent, olive skin.

Images of the “perfect” male body featured men with pecs and a six-pack.

The images were created using the AI image generators Dall-E 2, Stable Diffusion, and Midjourney.

For men, 67 per cent of the AI-generated images included brown hair and 63 per cent, olive skin.

The Bulimia Project then asked AI to share its perspective based on images from across the internet.

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