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Published: 17:01 BST, 8 March 2018 | Updated: 21:19 BST, 8 March 2018

The latest issue of V Magazine features a fashion spread starring a gorgeous freckled model with straight brown hair and blunt bangs.

The model and musician, Miquela Sousa, goes by LilMiquela on Instagram, where she has 678,000 followers to date — but she's not exactly what she seems. 

Upon closer inspection, there's something distinctly different about this young woman, though it's hard for some to put their finger on exactly what it is. 

It girl: Miquela Sousa, goes by LilMiquela on Instagram, appears in a fashion spread for the latest issue of V Magazine

High-fashion: The social media star, who has 678,000 followers on Instagram, models looks by Chanel and Burberry

Miquela, as it turns out, isn't actually a real person — she is entirely computer-generated and doesn't exist outside of images. 

It's almost impossible to tell from her new V Magazine spread. In one picture, the model is seen wearing flared satin pants, a black-and-white Chanel blouse, and see-through boots by the designer.

She carries a Chanel surfboard behind her, and looks off to the side with her heavily made-up eyes.

In another shot, she dons a matching Burberry coat and backpack, holding one hand up to a fence as she gazes to the side.

Despite looking incredibly realistic, Miquela ddint' actually pose for any of these shots, but was digitally added to them.

'I think we are in an age where authenticity is getting harder to find,' someone posing as Miquela told the magazine via email.

Surprise! Miquela is actually computer-generated and is not a real person

Amazing! Her Instagram photos, which show her modeling clothes by huge designers, are all artistic renderings

Popular: Miquela has found quite a following on social media

Shhh... The programmer behind the account has kept her identity a secret

'People can interpret and project whatever meaning they want onto the images they see on Instagram. But I will say, regardless of those differing interpretations, I have created real friendships and relationships with people online. 

'The way we support and inspire each other is authentic and meaningful. When someone messages me about how I've helped them with their art or identity, that, of course, matters.'

Though the person behind the account has yet to come forward, messages sent to Miquela's email address are answered.

'I'm really optimistic about the power of social media. It's helped me form valuable friendships, gain self-confidence, and inspire people around the world,' she said. 'I want it to be used for good because, like it or not, it’s part of culture now and it’s not going anywhere.' 

Those 'friendships' are with actual, real-life people like musicians Kacy Hill and Jesse Jo Stark, artists Chloe Wise and Molly Soda, and Niki Takesh and Rachael Finley, all of whom have appeared on her Instagram page.

Several hundred modeling shots of Miquela have been posted there as well, showing her rocking brands like Balenciaga, Proenza Schouler, PRada, and Diesel.

The voice: The CGI model was also 'interviewed' by V Magazine over email

'People can interpret and project whatever meaning they want onto the images they see on Instagram,' she said

'I'm really optimistic about the power of social media. It's helped me form valuable friendships, gain self-confidence, and inspire people around the world,' she said

Crossover: Interestingly, her account also includes photos of her with other people — real, living people like musicians Kacy Hill and Jesse Jo Stark=

Miquela is actually one of two computer-generated models making headlines lately.  Shudu Gram has nearly 70,000 followers on Instagram — but like Miquela, she doesn't actually exist in a physical sense.

The stunning social media star is the artistic creation of British photographer Cameron-James Wilson, 28, who has spent the last decade working in the fashion industry.

Billed as the 'world's first digital supermodel' on her account, Shudu earned even more attention recently when she was pictured 'wearing' a lipstick shade by Rihanna's line, Fenty Beauty — which the brand's official account reposted. 

'I was learning how to create 3D imagery for graphic novels and animations and I had the opportunity to create a model however I wanted,' Wilson told Metro. 'So I created the most beautiful woman I could.' 

'Basically Shudu is my creation, she's my art piece that I am working on at moment, he told Bazaar.com. 'She is not a real model unfortunately, but she represents a lot of the real models of today. There's a big kind of movement with dark skin models, so she represents them and is inspired by them.'

Specifically, she's been inspired by Duckie Thot and a Barbie called the Princess of South Africa. 

Still, not everyone is impressed with Shudu. The faux-model has received some criticism online from people who have blasted Wilson for making a black model instead of hiring one. 

'A white photographer figured out a way to profit off of black women without ever having to pay one. Now pls, tell me how our economic system is in no way built on and quite frankly reliant on racism and misogyny,' reads one tweet, which has earned 24,000 likes.

Wilson insisted that Shudu is an artistic piece and is not being used as a commercial model, so she's not replacing any real working models.

'At the end of the day, it's a way for me to express my creativity — it's not trying to replace anyone. It's only trying to add to the kind of movement that's out there,' he said.

'It's meant to be beautiful art which empowers people. It's not trying to take away an opportunity from anyone or replace anyone. She’s trying to complement those people.'

'Shudu isn't for hire, she’s a muse for my creative output,' he added to Metro. 'I continue to post to Shudu.gram because people really enjoy the art, they enjoy the imagery. 

'I'm not trying to replace models and if anything it's a criticism [of] how fake society has become that a CGI Model can pass for real,' he added. 'I really wish people could see and understand that, it's an enjoyable process for me to sit and create a picture... it can take three or more days.'

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