February 22, 2024

TikTokers Use Remini for AI-Generated Headshots with Some Controversy

  • Remini, the top free app in Apple’s App Store, is very popular among TikTokers.
  • Many people are using it for AI generated headshots for their LinkedIn profiles, and with great results.
  • However, many users reported that it made them unrecognizably thinner, which they either enjoyed or worried about.

Called a photo app Remember has gone wildly viral on TikTok, and a large number of users are using their AI technology to transform casual photos into believable professional scenes.

In one of the most popular videos under Remini, with a whopping 31.2 million views, the TikToker @gracesplace showed her enviable results, which had one commenter “crying at the photographer.”

Over the weekend, @Gracesplace revealed her LinkedIn profile under the name Grace White in a a separate videoshe posted a photo of herself in her car, from which Remini generated many likes of the TikToker in great hair and makeup, decked out in a blazer.

Milan-based technology company Bending Spoons launched Remini in 2019 and is quickly gaining popularity. The hashtag #remini has been associated with 1.4 billion cumulative views on TikTok. It is currently the number one “Free App” on the Apple charts.

In addition to corporate headshots, Remini has gone viral for another common use case: Baby photos generated by AI which purports to show users what their unborn babies will look like.

White said i Another TikTok that Remini is subscription based, but she took advantage of a free trial. She then showed her followers how she used the app to provide headshots.

First, users select their gender and are prompted to upload up to ten images of themselves, White said. Next, users select a “model image” that reflects the style and composition of the photos they are after. Categories include “trendy,” “Korean aesthetic,” “travel,” and “curriculum.” (She chose the latter.)

Finally, a swipe function (not unlike a dating app) allows users to narrow down their top choices.

And White isn’t the only creator going mega-viral with her results. Its creator @mollie.danielle has 9.7 million views Remini reveals a video from Sunday.

“AI really said, ‘we will ask you to look Spanish’ … and I’m here for it,” captioned the creator of his video.

Commenters also praised her results: “You’re on my FYP and you won the AI ​​filter game,” wrote one.

Not everyone is embracing AI photo enhancement, or their results, however.

Some people said the app edited their bodies to be more unrecognizable

While many TikTokers were thrilled with their new headshots, some users pointed to a troubling trend: the app had significantly altered their weight — with one saying the app had shaved 80 to 100 pounds. Another user said the AI ​​was “fatphobic.”

“When you can’t use your AI headshots because he took out 80 pounds & everyone noticed,” write the user @ha.lei.gh on a post document her “AI Headshot fails.”

The 30-year-old mother of two told Insider that she downloaded Remini to update her LinkedIn presence, but the results gave her a laugh, as well as some fitness inspirationshe joked in TikTok recently.

“It would be nice if there was an option to input your body type to get a more accurate photo,” Agan told Insider. “On the flip side, it’s great motivation because now I know what I could look like if I put in the work and lost some weight.”

This sentiment was shared by another user, @katelynnaye, who said she was using her Remini photos as “encourage weight loss.”

Other users were less motivated and found the default AI problematic. The TikToker @Northstarnotes said the app made her “about 105 pounds” and called the results “bad.” And @xoxosarah515, who said she was using the app “to get new headshots as a plus size girl,” was similarly disappointed.

A commenter on the post @xoxosarah515 wrote, “When even AI is full of fat smh” – and the TikToker agreed. “Yes,” she replied, after a series of queasy emojis.

Remini did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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