AI-Generated Photos of Celebs at the Met Gala Fooled Everyone Online Including Katy Perry’s Mom

Met Gala 2024 AI Deep Fakes

AI-generated images of Rihanna and Katy Perry at the 2024 Met Gala. (Source: @tereluprados, left; @jxries, right)

On the evening of the 2024 Met Gala, everyone's eyes were glued to the internet to see the elaborate fashions that would parade down the red carpet. As images of celebrities flooded the web, people were amazed by what celebrities like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna wore. The only problem is that these Met Gala regulars didn't actually attend this year's event—the photos are all AI-generated deepfakes.

The images first appeared on X (formerly Twitter), with users commenting on how amazing the women looked. Eventually, the social media platform added a notation to the posts stating that the images were fake and AI-generated. Still, many people, including Perry's own mother, believed that the photos of the stars dressed in garden-themed frocks were real. The pop star even posted on Instagram, explaining that she missed out on the event due to work, but she also shared the AI-generated image that has baffled so many online. Funnily enough, her own mother sent her a message commenting on her look. In the text message exchange, Perry's mom writes, “Didn't know you went to the Met. What a gorgeous gown, you look like the Rose Parade.” Perry then responds, “lol mom the AI got you too, BEWARE!”

While the conversation is amusing, it's also a reminder of how careful the public must be when viewing imagery online. The images received millions of views, with many never realizing that what they liked and shared wasn't real.  As AI technology continues to improve, it becomes even more difficult to distinguish what's real from what's computer-generated, so stay vigilant.

AI-generated images of Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga at the 2024 Met Gala began circulating online.

The images seem plausible, given that the musicians are known for their elaborate Met Gala fashions.

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Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

Though none of the women attended this year's event, many people believed the images were real.

Even Perry's own mother thought the photos were genuine, prompting a funny text exchange that the star then posted. (Check third slide.)


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The realism of these fake photos is a reminder to pay close attention to what you like and share online.

h/t: [PetaPixel]

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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