Barbie-inspired AI magazine cover sparks controversy

Glamour magazine AI image cover featuring Lisa Opie
(Image credit: Glamour Bulgaria / Lisa Opie)

Another day, another AI art controversy. Text-to-image generators are increasingly entering mainstream use, and that's now extending to the covers of fashion magazines. Hot on the heels of the very strange Vogue Bella Hadid AI cover, Glamour is the latest to use AI-generated imagery instead of traditional fashion photography for a cover image.

A Barbie-inspired cover for the July edition of Glamour in Bulgaria features model and swimsuit designer Lisa Opie. Only it isn't really her. And the clothes don't exist either. The image was generated entirely by an AI image generator.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.