Cameron Russell admits she won "a genetic lottery": she's tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16-years-old. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.) Cameron on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CameronCRussell
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So when an ugly person says beauty isn’t everything they’re lying because they secretly wanna be pretty but when a pretty person says beauty isn’t everything you don’t believe because they can’t possibly know since they haven’t experienced the other side? Lmao can’t win with the comment section
Good for her for speaking out about this. There are so many youths who are vulnerable to the subliminal messages about "beauty", and that needs to stop. No matter what you look like from birth or even after suffering a disfiguring injury, you are still beautiful no matter what anyone says. It's personality that matters, not putting a "mask"(makeup) on our bodies to hide our "ugliness". Of course if you wear makeup because you want to, that's perfectly fine.
I really want to say it is amazing how BAD the comment section is. But I really can't say that. Our species is littered with a high percentage of individuals who depend entirely in primal instincts and admitting that is just depressing.
Cameron Russell displayed a very deep insight into a person's worth. She is honest, she has benefited from her unique position and she is humble to analyze this in a way few do. She never said looks didn't matter, in fact she said the opposite. She just added a grain of salt that most don't ever want to hear. That life is never about a single specific thing. And it is flawed way of thinking that if you had that one thing, you would make it finally in life forever. So cherish what you have. Life is never fair, we all dealt a different bag of circumstances when we are born. Improving anything you want is also great. Just don't be naive thinking that everything will be great when you achieve something. Happiness has way more to do with the journey than the destination.
This is for the people who can't listen and understand information within it's context.
2:17 "How we look, though it is superficial and immutable, has a huge impact on our lives." She LITERALLY said what many people are saying in the comments that are attempting to ridicule and refute her as if she said "looks have no impact in life" SMH. Guess what if you watch more she says at 2:27 "And I am on this stage because I am a model, I am on this stage because I am a pretty white woman." She CLEARLY ADMITS to being given certain possibilities based off her looks, making her privileged and people acting like she said, "I am hear solely because of my hard work and skills, no one gave me anything growing up, I had no advantages" SMH.
She GIVES EXAMPLES of what she was given as a result of being an attractive model,
6:33 "But, the free stuff that I get, is the free stuff that I get in real life, and that's what we don't like to talk about. I grew up in Cambridge and one time I went into a store and I forgot my money and they gave me the dress for free."
6:45 "When I was a teenager, I was driving with my friend who was an awful driver and she ran a red and of course, we got pulled over. And all it took was a "Sorry, officer" and we were on our way. And I got these free things because of how I look, not who I am and there are people paying a cost for how they look and not who they are." Right after that, she goes on to talk about how some people are paying a cost for how they look: "I live in New York and last year, of the 140,000 teenagers that were stopped and frisked, 86% of them were Black and Latino, and most of them were young men."
This is what she said at the end of the speech: 8:30 "So, when I was writing this talk, I found it very difficult to strike a honest balance because on the one hand, I felt very uncomfortable to come out her and say "Look I've received all these benefits from a deck stacked in my favor" and it also felt really uncomfortable to follow that up with "and it doesn't always make me happy". But, mostly it was difficult to unpack a legacy of gender and racial oppression, when I'm one of the biggest beneficiaries...... If there is a take away from this talk, I hope is that we all feel more comfortable acknowledging the power of image in our perceived successes and our perceive failures. Thank You"
So, if you ACTUALLY WATCHED THE VIDEO, you would see that she's saying the looks have power over our lives. All the people who trying to ridicule her as if she said that "look don't have any power in our lives" probably saw the title, got triggered SMH, didn't even watch the video or attempt to listen to what she is saying in the video because of the title and formed an opinion not by what she ACTUALLY SAID but, by the title of the video. UTTERLY RIDICULOUS.
Plus, the phrase "looks aren't everything" is true, your looks don't completely determine your life or truly represent what or who you are.
Weren't you guys taught in school, "Don't judge a book by its cover"? Maybe you weren't but, whether you were taught that or not, don't judge a video by it's title and thumbnail PERIOD.
This is just like a Billionaire walking up to a bunch of homeless people and saying "Money isn't everything, it can't buy happiness; believe me, I'm a Billionaire" then flying off in his Golden Private jet...
Good talk. Was a photographer for a few years, Went around the world with beautiful models, yet it didn't take long for me to see which models I liked and which models not so much. I knew which one's I liked spending social time with and which one's I didn't, and despite all 30 models there were absolutely beautiful, there was only one I fancied and one I dated for just over a year. So even beauty is irrelevant, and personality so important.
Having talked to different models about their jobs the one observation that I took away was that it was a tedious boring job with a lot of sitting around and long periods of boredom as well as a very high likelihood that you might end up with a drug or health problem brought about because you have been told that you are too fat, too pale or too nervous and you take drugs illegal or otherwise to help you with these issues. Some of the worst of these have to be cocaine, alcohol or slimming tablets where there is a high likelihood of becoming too dependent on them.
Even worse would be the effect on your sense of well being being told because you think that you are too ugly, too fat , too short or too tall. This is all such bollox because beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and what may be sexy/beautiful/pretty to one person will be so different to so many others.
Being confident and comfortable in yourself is all that matters and being a model has such a short lifespan because you are considered too old at 30 which s superficial tosh.
Most of the models I ever met were pretty vague, vain and superficial, they thought that the world turned around them, especially the male models I knew.
I met all these models when I lived in Munich, southern Germany and the standard of beauty was very high in this country when compared with the US or the UK where many women have either too much make-up, are too plain or just pasty-faced and fat, and in the western world these conditions are only set to rise and rise.
Looks are not everything BUT they do get lots of advantages in many ways.
I was that shabby looking tomboy, no one cares. Everyone is rude and would snap and pass mean comment for no reason.
When puberty hits, I am shocked by the amount of attention I get, the things I can get away with, from free rides to free food. Etc etc. But I feel disgusted by those people. I know I should be grateful but I have trust issues, I know that some of them were treating me like that only because of the way I look. The old me would never get treated this way.
And those boys, who wouldn't even spare me a glance back in school, they look stupid when they think they can have me now.
Ofc I am still insecure, the old is still is me mentally, What I am trying say is that the bitter truth - people with good looks always fucking unfairly have a leverage.
I'm a pretty white model? I think she is over estimating her looks and what it has supposedly afforded her. Now let's talk about someone that really had the world handed to her because of her unimaginable beauty... Elizabeth Taylor!!!
1: Beauty isn't a social construct.
2: Beauty isn't skin deep.
3: Our perception of beauty isn't Eurocentric.
Beauty is a science, or a philosophy (as in aesthetics). The bones beneath the skin are what make someone beautiful or not. All this revisionism is utter nonsense that's so easily debunked.
Good looks are also a curse.....especially in corporate America.....you get in trouble because of biased other woman in the office who are insecure about thier bodies and then if you go into an interview and your interviewer is a woman....you likely wont get the job if she automatically thinks you look better than her..... envy, jealousy, hatred all cognitive biases are hurtful.... I see beauty in everything....I also edit for photographers and yes it's all photoshop....nobody looks flawless... its merely an illusion....
Human beings are addicted to beauty. They like beautiful things, and when you say to someone that s/he is beautiful you'll change her/his mood. You'll change that person completely. I think that beauty heals us and when we look, listen and read beautiful sight, face, song and writings we are healing parts of us.
People often forget the importance of genetics when it comes to whether someone is good looking or not. There some things in life that you can't change, she is fully aware that she is on the good side of it!
WoW! This is the first time I have ever heard a White woman be so honest about the modeling industry & all the freebies she got just based on her looks. I know it took guts & I admire her for that. Many young women need to hear this talk and stop trying to chase some fantasy.
Looks are part of the recipe for success. The recipe includes IQ, education, drive, goals, skills, organization, common sense and artistic ability. That said someone who is beautiful will have more opportunities and also more threats.
She is close to perfection a triple threat. She has the brains (great public speaker) the beauty (just look at her) now all she is missing is the black belt in self defense (maybe it's in the works). Good job girl. As the french say ''ne lache-pas '' translation '' don't give up ''.
You guys in the comment section are basically why she made this talk. Just because you were treated poorly because of how you look, you also believe that people should be treated based on their appearance too? She was brave okay? Doing this could cost her her only job but she did it anyway. And you keep on complaining. Just treat others the way you wanted to be treated, it'll pay off.
Being extremely good-looking can be a curse too I bet... only IF you lean on it for your entire life. Once your looks start to fade, those insecurities will only snowball. Whether you're conventionally pretty, average, whatever, nurture who you are on the inside first and foremost!
Yeah. Once the dowdy sweater and peasant skirt, she turned herself into a total dog. LOL. I am shorter than her but I'm not ugly by any means. I can tell that people who think I'm pretty Do treat me better. It's not an accomplishment For a while I had severe post car accident medical lymphedema and 100's and 100's of lbs. came on me in a matter of months. I had never treated anyone badly for extra wt. but the way I was treated was quite an eye opener. I was treated like a monster and doors got slammed in my face. In time the swelling went away and I was back to my old normal self. The same men who'd slammed doors in my face when I was big as a rose parade float tripped over themselves to hold the door for me. It's a bunch of hooey how ya get treated if your configuration is pleasing to other's eyes. I too have been let out of bad situations for being "not ugly."
her 4% fig of African models is realistic and understandable reasons r obvious instance there look is not in demand if it was thy would b in demand..fact is about 4% of ppl find such race attractive..even blk men put blk women has a 2nd choice or no choice so 2 put a racial element in 2 the mix is plain wrong..truth ppl don't find African descent women attractive very few do
I usually never comment on videos, but I feel I have a little insight.
First, I wish she had spoken a little longer and gone into depth.
Second, Like everything in life, your blessing can be a curse.
I have experience with being treated differently because people perceive you to be beautiful or attractive. I applaud this woman because a "good looking", "attractive", "beautiful" person speaking about the cons of being attractive is basically taboo. "How dare she complain or talk about the dark side of beauty!? What an ungrateful privileged woman!" When really, there is a dark side to being beautiful.
Yes, it is nice to have a cop let you go or to have someone open a door for you or buy you a drink, or invite you to cool places, etc. With that privilege, you also get people who follow you and stare at you and make sexual comments towards you and try to touch you inappropriately. You get cops who let you go, but not without first being a pervert. You have no privacy because people constantly watch everything you do in public. People will buy you a drink and invite you places, not because you have an awesome personality, but because they want a beautiful person around to make them look cool or feel special. You are constantly assumed to be an airhead with no intelligence or wit or personality, and when you express those qualities people compliment you like you are a cat that knows how to pee on a toilet because apparently, it is so rare to be good looking AND have some wit about you. You never know who truly cares about you, or who just wants to exploit you and get into your pants (this is with all genders). When it comes to workplace atmosphere, people often envy you and sabotage you or once again, try to make sexual advances. When you are young you are being sexualized by adults and your body becomes something that feels it needs to be hidden even amongst family members, school teachers, bus drivers, construction workers...
So yes, being beautiful got you a fancy dress, compliments, an open door to anywhere you want to go, but it also came, detailed in the fine print, that you will never feel safe and loved for who you truly are because you are like an object to most people. You are something to have around because you shine. But as we know, beautiful things tarnish.
Think of Hedy Lamarr, a Beautiful, intelligent, driven and resilient woman who struggled all of her life to get her ideas and inventions taken seriously, but couldn't get past the image of being a beautiful woman to people. People can really be very shallow and no matter how intelligent a beautiful person is, often time people just want them to shut up and be their beautiful pet.
Being beautiful does not excuse someone from life's ups and downs and problems. being beautiful does not automatically mean you will have a beautiful life. Beautiful people are shamed, made fun of and experience life all the same as everyone else. we all have our unique challenges and it's time we stop pasting this illusionary and unrealistic image upon people we find attractive. It is not real, it is not healthy and it is damaging to not only "Average looking" people and "Attractive looking" people all the same.
At the end of the day we are all just trying to survive with the blessings and the curses we are born with. You cannot invalidate anothers experience simply because you have not experienced it or because it seems silly to you. I mean, really, how superficial and self-involved is it to think that someone good looking doesn't have difficulties in life?? That's the movies kids, and the movies, we know, are not real.
Sending love to anyone who reads this <3
Quote from my Doctor: "You're too beautiful to be depressed!" - I was 15 when she said this
omg screw your oppressions. Who buys all the magazines, women. That whole industry works to feed women what they want to see, and buy. Who buys all the trashy magazines that gossip and take sneaky photos of celebrities, women. Women have created that culture, not men or society in general.
On diversity, go to Korea and 99% of the models are Korean, In China 99% are Chinese, in India 99% are Indian. There is much more diversity in the west than any "minority" country, and much more opportunities for everybody.
Im confused what the message is, on the one hand you say you're privileged and special, but you're also an insecure victim who is misjudged and exploited. I dont get it.
I'm a pretty white girl too, with big green eyes and dark curly hair, and a decent body to boot. And you get benefits. People want to be your friend automatically, people treat you nice automatically, that first pass it a free pass. But the thing is... I'm also a weird girl. I have mental health issues and disorders, I have strange interests and I don't always act "right". So beyond that first pass, things are not free. Everyone wants to be my friend *until they meet me* . Everyone lets me off easy until they realize I have nothing beyond looks to offer that they want. And suddenly these "nice people" don't want to be involved with me any longer, don't want the mark of ever being involved, so they get mean fast. People give me the chance to be friends (which more than ugly people get I know), but after its all me. And it's one thing to know that if they would give you a chance they would like you. It's another to know that everything they don't like about you? Is you.
You learn pretty quick not to trust nice people as a pretty girl because you pay interest on that "free pass." And I've figured out some people don't care that I'm a person, they just want my body to use as they like. And maybe I still have the privilege. I'm not shot for the color of my skin, I'm not judged guilty over anything innocent, I'm not criminalized for existing. Maybe I have it better with my lottery winnings here, but keep in mind it's not as perfect or nice as it looks.
its funny how the majority of the people will see this video and they will still be bitter. becous a pretty lady is telling them what is happening and how the world of pretty people works. and the truth ia that yeah they get treadet difrently but not better becous there are strings attached. everything has a katch. and she made that very clear. olso everybodu just glosses over how she tottaly just owend her privlage and makes sure to let it be nown she doesnt deserve her privlage. she has a genualy nice massage with only good points and poeple seem to gloss over that fact bedous thay are bitter that it is a pretty woman telling them that
People feel threatened by very attractive people, are jealous and also wish them bad things. If you are a bit chubby, people will look down on you but won't mind befriending you as they wouldn't consider you to be their rival.
this was video was just made by attractive people to make a ugly people feel better about themselves. This video is just a waste of time. being attractive will always be beneficial, no matter where you are what you do. Its a hard truth to accept but it is what it is. and plus a woman such as hers telling people that beauty doesn't matter is like bill gates telling people money doesn't matter.... in the age of social media your beauty will be more valuable than ever...........NOBODY CARES ABOUT WHATS INSIDE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
yes, most models are white - in the white world! If you go to Africa or Asia then most models are non-white. I often fail to understand the logic behind insisting to have everything dominated by non-whites in whites majority or even whites only countries. I see the term best describing it as "Lib-tard" (a form of liberal degradation of the mind to such a severe level that it becomes a retardation).
Just reading some of the hate comments here is proof that most people judge on appearance - they didn't even bother watching the talk and thinking about what she's trying to say! Now THAT's superficial!
In that example of her being pulled over and being released by cops, I don't see why that has to be attributed to her beauty. I've been in the car with people getting pulled over, and there have been times that we were released even though we were speeding.
Mia Brown Because she’s biting the hand that feeds her. Yeah, looks aren’t everything, but if it weren’t for her looks, she wouldn’t have made millions from modeling, and it’s not like she was forced to become a model.
Looks are malleable and significantly controllable particularly as children. Our faces are made up of bone and muscle. Orthotropic dentists train children how to posture their tongue properly to support the upper jaw which improves the look of the whole face. Look up case studies by Mike mew. Genetics certainly helped you but if you mouth breathed your whole life you would be as ugly as the rest of us.
This is like saying in the world of basketball, people of all heights, body sizes, and skill levels should be allowed to play in the NBA, or that in the world of sales, people of all speaking abilities and persuasiveness should be hired as sales people, or that in the world of medicine, people with any college GPA should be allowed to study and graduate as a cardiac surgeon.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with being endowed with characteristics that make a person more attractive to the majority of people on the planet.
The ''hairstylists, make-up artists, photographers, all their assistants, pre-producers and post-producers'' are akin to the scouts, the managers, the coaches, the trainers, and all the assistants that make an NBA player, the interviewers, the management who selects, the sales trainers, the mentors, and the team leaders that make a sales person, and the college admission board, the tutors, the tutoring assistants, the interviewers, the medical boards, the hospitals, the physician and surgeon mentors that make a cardiac surgeon.
Most professionals are not self-produced.
We all have limitations in what we can do, and it is better we learn to face those limitations than to brand the system unfair or the world unjustifiably biased.
Looks doesn't matter? Honestly it does . It matters for society (idiots😒), but our looks should not matter to us. Never let our self confidence be lowered only because you think you are 'ugly', and people think and judge you are 'ugly'. Just go get a Google search 'Rejanikanth'. He don't have that sh*tty looks. Still he is one of the top south Indian leads. (Actor) there are many more rare exceptions who had won the battle only 'cause they don't care what people comment. They were focusing on work, not simply on judgements. They rose to fame and show them what they can do. Now, those society even praise 'em. And that's what is called talent. Another example might be adele, danush (male lead actor). Difference is that the list is very short. No matter, tryna get into the list? You can...!! :)
P.s : English is not my mother tongue. :P
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