Cameron Russell: Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model

Speaker: Cameron Russell

Length: 9:38

Summary

Cameron changes her outfit on stage, to show how quickly she can change people’s opinions of her. Despite your beauty being superficial and meaningless, it has a big impact on how you are seen.

To become a model, Cameron is feminine, white and tall. She describes this as a genetic lottery – less than 4% of models are non white. Cameron looks at modelling as extremely fake and shallow – the skills learnt are minimal. Most of the shots are heavily directed – and unrelated to who she is.

She gets free things because of how she looks – a store owner gives her a dress for free, or a policeman lets het get away with “Sorry, officer”. On the flipside, she sees others also penalised because of how they look – 86% of people frisked by police in New York are black or latino. 78% of 17 year old girls are unhappy with how they look – hoping that if they look like underwear models they will be happier. However, Cameron says models are the most insecure people around – their whole life revolves around how they look.

Cameron’s takeaway is that everyone should be more comfortable acknowledging the power of image in our perceived successes and perceived failures.

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2 thoughts on “Cameron Russell: Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model

  1. Worst Ted Talk ever. The title alone is ridiculous. ”Looks aren’t everything, trust me! I’m a model!”, that’s like saying, it doesn’t matter if you’re poor, trust me! I’m a billionaire! Would not recommend it to anyone.

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