|Elise demo's "Gabriel"|
One of the most frustrating things for new users born with the initial mesh avatars, is the inability to customize their character, without having to first revert to a classic avatar.
The new initial Avatars are now classic/system type avatars with mesh clothing. This will make modifying characters so much easier, since there is now a choice between mesh and layered clothing without losing the entire body!
Although the shape is no-modify, new users can easily create their own shapes to further customize their characters.
Also all the avatars have clothing that you can use on others initial avatars in a mix and match fashion.
This is a huge move forward in giving the best initial experience for new residents joining Second Life.