Image is Powerful: Supermodel Cameron Russell
Supermodel Cameron Russell gave this TED talk that my husband sent to me. She notes that image is powerful but also image is superficial. There is very little we can do to transform how we look but it has a huge impact on our lives. Her talk discourages girls from going into the field of modeling while also dispelling myths about models, beauty, and the power of image.
image from Fashion Model Directory
How do you become a model?
You win the genetic lottery and she’s the recipient of a legacy that defines beauty as tall, slender, and white. 677 models hire, less than 4% were non-white.
Can I be a model when I grow up?
Why? Be her boss instead. Models are not in charge of anything. Being a model is not a career path.
Do they retouch all the photos?
Yes. Photos are all constructs by a group of professionals.
Do you get free stuff?
The free stuff she gets in real life is the smile that gets her off a speeding ticket or a free dress when she left her wallet.
What is it like to be a model?
It makes you insecure about what you look like. Modeling has a legacy of gender and racial oppression that she is the biggest beneficiary of.
Here’s her TED talk:
Have your girls ever expressed interest in becoming a model or a profession that you would rather they didn’t aspire to enter? How do you handle that? Please share.