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JULY 21, 2000 VOL. 26 NO. 28 | SEARCH ASIAWEEK

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The Babes Have It
Pixel vixens, bendy notebooks and cyberspace avatars

Plus: Get Animated

She's fashionable, single and calls herself a "Cyberbabe." She's LiLi and she's MTV Asia's latest VJ. She's also not real. LiLi is the star of a weekly, interactive request show airing region-wide called LiLi: Version 1.2. She plays viewer requests and answers questions on what's hip in music, fashion, technology and youth culture — all in flawless Mandarin, Hindi or English depending on where you're watching. With her better-than-life body and dreamy doe-eyes, LiLi is also representative of a new breed of pixelated temptresses — a bevy of biology-defying beauties that do little to dispel the impression that software engineers are a bunch of terminally single males who like to view Baywatch with the sound turned down. What's with these cyberbabes — and are they a good role model for young girls? investigates:


Occupation: Space reporter-cum- new Sega spokesperson

Pulchritude: An ooh-la-la 8 out of 10

The spin: An ace reporter for Space Channel 5, Ulala gets a scoop when aliens invade and, er, challenge her to a funky dancing contest

What she's really like: Britney Spears on acid

A good role model for your daughter?
No. Makes Barbie look butch. Get her to dance the funky chicken and she'd break at the waist


Occupation: Singer

Pulchritude: A nubile 18-year-old with a melting-hourglass 38-24-38 figure. Docked points for her bad taste in clothes: 7 out of 10

The spin: A manufactured pop star who will never disobey her svengali

What she's really like: Peroxide blonde Madonna wannabe. Looks like she fell off the back of a motorbike

A good role model for your daughter?
In that skirt? When her debut single fails to chart, expect a slow descent into alcoholism and drug addiction

Webbie Tookay

Occupation: Super Virtual Model

Pulchritude: A 10. Even virtual models need the legs for the job

The spin: Available 24/7, Webbie is a professional who will never throw a tantrum or bring her interfering mother along to a shoot

What she's really like: As eerily vacant looking as the real thing

A good role model for your daughter?

No. It's no fun being a supermodel if you have to get out of bed for less than a million

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