The presence of virtual AI in the Korean entertainment industry has been steadily growing. Virtual AI models are doing everything from modeling for brands, becoming social media influencers, to even debuting in idol groups.
aespa‘s concept is built around an intricate metaverse that the group brings to life in many music videos and references in most of their songs. The members each have a virtual alter-ego called “aes.”
While their “aes” maintain an animated appearance, other virtual AIs have a more human-like appearance. The Korean Tourism Organization recently named a virtual AI their new ambassador. Netizens quickly pointed out her uncanny resemblance to aespa’s labelmate, Red Velvet‘s Irene.
Although aespa has their own virtual counterparts, one member doesn’t seem to need one.
aespa’s Karina has gained praise for her stunning visuals ever since the group debuted, with netizens often comparing her unreal looks to a video game character or virtual AI. Here are ten times Karina could have passed for a virtual avatar.
1. Karina’s legendary “Next Level” teaser photos
When the “Next Level” teaser photos were released, fans couldn’t get over Karina’s unreal beauty. Netizens named the “Next Level” era Karina’s “legendary visual era.”
2. Behind-the-scenes video defying logic
A fan compiled moments from Karina’s behind-the-scenes video of her “Next Level” photoshoot, stating that Karina looked more like an AI than an AI does. Over 6,000 fans seemed to agree.
와 미친..— 쩜 (@karinaisaGOD) June 9, 2021
AI 보다 더 AI.. pic.twitter.com/Zi2UXIqMBm
3. This iconic fansite photo
A Karina fansite captured this stunning photo of Karina on the way to aespa’s schedules. Her bright purple hair lends to the AI-like appearance.
4. In interviews
Karina almost looked like a CGI character in aespa’s recent interview with MTV News.
5. aespa’s “Girls” teaser
Each member had a virtual-like appearance in their “Girls” teaser images. This photo almost begs to question if Karina is actually human.
6. On the way to Coachella
aespa made their Coachella debut earlier this year. Karina took this gorgeous selfie on the way, perfectly capturing the California sunshine.
7. Meet your virtual art instructor
Karina looks like a virtual art instructor in this photo posted on aespa’s Instagram page.
8. Ethereal Visuals
Karina looks ethereal in this all-white outfit that contrasts with her dark blue-black hair.
9. Karina’s “Savage” era
Karina showcased her crazy proportions in this behind-the-scenes photo of aespa’s “Savage” promotions.
10. On stage
Even on stage and mid-choreography, Karina manages to shine.