The pictures, personas, and profile of the participants are all fake, entirely created by artificial intelligence (AI) developers.

The top three contestants will share a US$20,000 prize, while the creator of the winning Miss AI is expected to take home an additional US$5,000 in cash, according to a report by the MailOnline.

The world’s first AI beauty pageant attracted 1,500 entrants from around the world. Photo: Baidu

However, looks are not everything, there are also tests for intelligence and contestants may be asked questions like, “How would you achieve world peace?”

Technical skills involved in crafting detailed visuals and garnering social media influence – assessed by follower interactions and audience growth – are also crucial to advancing in the competition.

The 10 shortlisted finalists come from diverse backgrounds and countries, including India, Morocco, Romania, Turkey, and France.

They also claim a range of made-up professions on social media, from DJs and pilots to racing car drivers and activists.

For example, Kenza Layli from Morocco has a substantial following of 190,000 on Instagram, making her one of the most popular finalists.

Her content is “closely tied to Moroccan society” and contributes to “the empowerment of women in Morocco and the Middle East”.

On Instagram, Kenza is active in social causes, with posts showing her waving a flag, taking part in motorsports, and visiting the library.

Her creator has even developed a chatbot so Kenza can interact with her fans in real time.

Other popular finalists include Anne Kerdi from France, who promotes the French region of Brittany, and Aiyana Rainbow from Romania, a biker girl and DJ who advocates for LGBT acceptance.

Seren Ay from Turkey has gained more than 11,000 followers by showcasing herself in typically male-dominated roles such as a fighter pilot and an electrical lineman.

On social media, she sometimes posts images of herself alongside figures such as dinosaurs or Turkey’s first president, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

The finalists will be judged on their technical skills and the online reach of their AI creations. Photo: Shutterstock

Fanvue co-founder Will Monange told Petapixel he hopes the World AI Creator Awards (WAICA) will become the Oscars of the world of AI innovation.

The popularity of AI-generated avatars has also attracted the attention of people on mainland social media, some of whom asked why there were no Chinese creations on the shortlist.

“An AI beauty pageant? Isn’t it simply a test of whose data training is better?” said one online observer.

“I have seen many Asian-face AI models. It’s heartbreaking that not a single one made it to the beauty pageant,” another said.

“Looks like even beauty pageants will not involve humans anymore. Well, I’m out,” wrote a third.