Alipay will still process the before photos in the same way as usual, according to Quartz, but users will be able to see the filtered photo at checkout when they pay with their face, and this feature is also reportedly already available within the company’s mobile app system. “I have noticed you guys think I made you look ugly,” Alipay wrote on Weibo, Quartz reported. “Alipay will roll out beautifying filters for all of its offline facial-recognition payment systems within a week’s time: be ware you’ll then look even better than in a beauty camera!
That this desire would extend to momentary financial transactions may point to our screwed-up, self-admiring times, but it’s hardly shocking. “Meitu is in the business of manufacturing a desire for perfection,” Wen Hua, the author of Buying Beauty, told South China Morning Post, “so that you feel its gaze everywhere and find yourself conforming to – and confirming – its standards.