The internet is disgusted with Meta's virtual designer clothes

Tone-deaf, Meta? Never! The brand formerly known as Facebook has had its share of controversies over the years. Trying to distance itself from that was perhaps even partly why it changed its name. But it just does not seem to have learned its lesson.

It’s put out a tweet announcing the launch of its Avatar Store for Facebook, Instagram and Messenger, and the first products on sale will be virtual outfits from Prada, Balenciaga and Thom Browne. Yes, it seems Meta’s contribution to helping people through the current cost of living crisis is to ensure that if you can no longer afford Prada in real life, at least you can dress up your avatar in designer threads in the metaverse. Suffice it to say, the internet has absolutely excoriated the idea (need to catch up on what’s happening with web3? See, our What is the metaverse? Guide).

‘The Zuck’ shows off his new threads on the virtual runway (Image credit: Meta)

Meta’s tweet shows CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram director of fashion partnerships Eva Chen kitted out in get-ups that include a hoodie, ripped jeans, what seems to be a motocross outfit and suits that look like school uniforms (yes, it seems a little ironic that ‘the Zuck’, so known for the eminent practicality and simplicity of his real-life wardrobe, would dress his avatar in a Thom Browne suit).

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