Avatars’ appearances in the Metaverse:
Even though there has been numerous investments within the fashion industry in the Metaverse, the Institute of Digital Fashion was one of the first to fearlessly introduce gender non-conforming Avatars with Daz 3D. This move raised awareness and paved the way for more similar inclusive projects by other companies as well.
The IoDF also conducted a study which showed that people are demanding a better representation of gender identities, body types, skin colors, disabilities, and clothing style. Over 40% of respondents mentioned that their clothing style did not match their in-person identity. This indicates how real-life society pressures individuals to not be their own selves in the physical world. In addition, 9% identified as non-binary. This group is also demanding the representation of their true identity. One form of doing so is by creating genderless clothing lines.
Gen Z’s influence on the Metaverse’s Avatars
Many clothing brands are now on the run to create customized, expressive, and diverse collections for Avatars to wear. This also comes with an awareness that Gen Z is the most beneficial and profit-making target in the virtual world. By the time we are clear and complete about the Metaverse, this generation will be the most consuming of the virtual world.