Wednesday, November 30, 2022


Meet Internet celeb Lil Miquela, who’s not even a real person


roadside journalBy Chuck Woodbury
If you have a few minutes, watch this video about a human created entirely with computer graphics, who is an internet celebrity with more than 1.2 million fans on Instagram. Until recently, many (maybe most) of those fans assumed she was a real person.

Actually, Lil Miquela was created by a talented graphic artist to be the perfect representative of a human, with a purpose of strengthening brands and pitching products to Gen Z and young Millennials. After two years on Instagram, and being kicked off temporarily then returning, she posted this confession:

“This has been the hardest week of my life so thank you to everyone who checked in with me.

“I’m sure you guys have noticed I’m a pretty private person. I love being open and connecting with fans, but I have been secretive about parts of my life for fear of losing everything I’ve worked so hard to build. I don’t say it enough but thank you to all my fans for making my life amazing.

“Ok, now here’s the hard part. My hands are literally shaking.

“I’m not a human being.”

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Scott Gitlin
4 years ago

I’m surprised a large portion of viewers didn’t recognize right away that she was not human. I’m guessing with cosmetic surgery, some real people end up looking like non-human clones and we can no longer tell the difference. ;=)

4 years ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

Chuck, I was being partially sarcastic. I’ve been with you for a long time and appreciate what you do. In fact somewhere in a closet I still have a stack of “Out West” papers as well as the book of the best from. Somewhere along the line I became my parents and their generation and I have no more use for the youth culture of today than they had for mine back in the 50’s. The biggest difference between then and now however is we were always loyal to God and Country. I think those loyalties have pretty much vanished along the way and the world is worse off for it. I’m saddened by what I observe as future leadership and sometimes I’m even glad I’m nearing the end of the final quarter. Keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll always have a friend in me.

4 years ago

I think you just wasted 5 minutes of my time. I’ve never heard of this thing and couldn’t care less.

4 years ago
Reply to  BruceinAZ

Well, you could have saved 4 min 30 sec by scrolling on by….
I found it interesting….and at almost 60 I am no where near the ‘target market’…learn new things, it keeps you young!

Thank you Chuck for this post.

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