Fashion dress up app Covet Fashion is embracing and celebrating the diversity of the female form by introducing a stack of new virtual models of varying shapes, sizes and ethnicity for users to dress and enter into voting competitions held within the app.
Prior to this update, Covet only featured one standard sized virtual model who was tall and slender with users determining the rest of the models features from skin color, hair style and color, makeup, clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry.
Listening to covet users commenting on the lack of diversity within the game and the general fashion trend towards fuller figured models (and the new curvy Barbie) the team behind the app created 50 brand new and differently proportionate models which went live today on the most recent app update.
Bold & beautiful changes have arrived to Covet Fashion! Enjoy a new layout, PLUS our exciting new stunning models! pic.twitter.com/O2m2AASMxP
The change was a long and arduous task which involved taking the apps entire existing wardrobe (50,000 + garments have been included over the last three years) and morphing them to fit the new bodies.
The update – which is player selective to the three million plus users – removes the standard model from the selected challenge and randomly selects one of the updated models that has its body size and skin color locked allowing everyone competing in the challenge to use the same model. Speaking to venturebeat.com, senior vice president and general manager of Covet Fashion, Blair Ethington stated “We wanted to take away any judgement people have about which body is better and which race is better. All the focus is on the styling choices.”
As a long time player, it’s a great change for the app that brings a new freshness to a game that was beginning to feel a little stale. Additions of new, unlock-able hair and makeup for higher levels, re-freshening up of older styles and the introduction of Covet Houses were just the beginning of major changes for the app.
Covet Fashion App is free to play, with in-app purchases on iOS and Apple.
If you’re an avid user of social media sites like Instagram, twitter or Vine, then there’s a good chance you’ve seen more than a fair share of cartoony-esque pictures or videos of some people you follow. Either singing, strutting down the catwalk or dancing on a pole, these creepy looking characters have begun to invade your timelines.
This all thanks to a little app called ‘My Idol’ which is quickly beginning to find it’s way onto everyone’s smart device. The app itself is not as easy to use as one would think as the entire thing is in Chinese and if you plan on downloading the app and don’t want to push a whole lot of buttons before finding the right one, then head over to this website, as thankfully they’ve created a handy ‘how-to’ guide for those of us who don’t understand the language (according to the app listing – an English version is on it’s way)
The app itself is quite fun to use and creates eerily spot-on 3d caricature renditions of yourself or your favorite celebrity to which you can adjust skin tone, age, features and clothing. While finding exact hair style/color combinations can be tough, the amount of customizing options available for a free app is quite surprising..and even more-so, nothing is gender locked. Long flowing pink hair with a beard, flannel shirt and pink skirt…you can do it.
Once you’ve settled on your avatar it’s time to move onto the even more fun stuff where your mini clone offers up a wide variety on pre-posed portraits and assorted videos where you can sing Chinese operas, advertise a motorbike or yes…become a pole dancing superstar!
The great thing (for a free app) is that these portraits and videos can be saved right to your device for you to annoy share with everyone on your social media. There is even a selection of funny gifs but they (currently) are only available to share on Chinese social media platforms and not save to your device.
How long will the MyIdol wave last for? Hopefully, the English release is not too far away and updated with fresh content as this is by far one of the best 3D/avatar apps currently floating around.
Update 20/5/15 – MyIdol is now available in English! Those who have the app can update with the new English text and those who newly download will automatically get the new version!