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Eve's manager Jacques-Olivier Broner
"She's a material girl"
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Monday, 8 January, 2001, 12:12 GMT
A cyberstar is born
Eve Solal
Virtual success: Eve Solal is the latest cyberbabe
A new star has been born in France - she can sing, act, dance, boasts an impressive CV and is 100% reliable.

The pretty 22-year-old loves her family, Madonna and Zinedine Zidane - and believes she is on the brink of international stardom.

But this wannabe is virtual star Eve Solal, who has joined the world's growing ranks of cyberbabes. Her French creators insist that as a fully-rounded virtual artist, she is the first of her kind in the world.

Lara Croft
Pose: Eve has a less sexy image than cyber-rivals
And unlike some of her cybersisters - tomb raider Lara Croft and news reader Ananova to name but two - Eve is a refreshingly flawed woman.

"Eve Solal has not been made like a sex symbol," her manager, Jacques-Olivier Broner, told the BBC.

"She has problems. She is fighting every day to lose weight, she works as a barmaid to make some money, she is trying to find work as an actor or singer.

"She is not that perfect, actually."

Eve will also have to slug it out for success in the music industry, where she is not the first cyberbabe to aim for the charts.

Angelina Jolie
Real thing: Lara Croft will hit the big screen in the form of Angelina Jolie
T-Babe, a virtual pop star from independent music label Glasgow Records, is a leggy blonde teenager who arguably beats Eve in the glam stakes.

Real-life babe Pamela Anderson is attempting to leap the other way through virtual reality - turning herself into a computer game.

Eve's creator is French computer company, Attitude Studio, which has made her as a demonstration of its technical wizardry.

Virtual Adam

Movement experts are now preparing to unveil a dance sequence involving computer-generated dancing in a bar full of real people.

Attitude's Remi Brun, in charge of the movement sequences, has already scored well with one fan: his grandmother, aged 101, thought Eve was a real woman when shown the computer images.

But will the virtual Eve find her virtual Adam?

Those closest to her are giving nothing away.

"I'm just her manager - I don't know everything about her private life," Mr Broner said.

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