CAIT MONAHAN AND SOFIA DE LA CRUZ
standards are a concept in flux and are certainly not immune to
unfolding virtual ecosystems. Thankfully, being literate in
can be a powerful gateway to dissect identity in a way that allows
us to reinvent what it means and how we can truly embrace it. The
way we feel and reflect our sense of self is being redefined in the
digital world and leading to not-so-human depictions within
So, will we inevitably shift the way we present ourselves to the world in increasingly alien ways?
Let’s look to the happenings of the digital space to find out.
I see the return of the skinny look and the "alien aesthetic" as closely tied to 3D models we see online as pop culture for decades has designed aliens to be super skinny. Hopefully, this is the doing of the older generation that grew up with certain beauty standards. It shouldn't have a place in Web3.”
“While in the age of the natural, beauty was altered only to the amount to which it still seemed biologically plausible. The socially accepted norm of “beauty” is being substituted by strategies to become different. Alienation is used as potential for distinction thus turning socially normed otherness into a new way to create a differentiated beauty.”
“In the digital realm, people express their identities in different ways. Some people like depicting themselves from scratch, while others gravitate toward reflecting their physical selves in their avatars. In virtual ecosystems, the possibilities of "deconstructing" yourself are endless.”
“I think we will reach a point in which beauty will be closely linked to avatars. And then you will pick who you want to be and what you want to look like. I think that freedom of expression is what we need, not being conformed by the rules that we live with biologically.”