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Race, gender, oppression, and...modeling? *Video*

Posted by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 6:42 PM
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Interesting TED talk from a fashion model. Good stuff. 

*The video (the second reply on the first page) is 10 minutes long but well worth the watch!*

By NICKY CHAMP

“Saying that you want to be a model when you grow up is akin to saying that you want to win the Powerball when you grow up. It’s out of your control and it’s awesome — and it’s not a career path.”

This is just one of the honest, surprising and incredibly insightful thoughts shared by Victoria’s Secret model, Cameron Russell in her recent TED talk that has quickly gone viral.

During the nine minute speech (take the time if you possibly can), Russell tackles the issue of body image, challenges our society’s perception of beauty and talks about how, at age 16, the fashion industry “constructed” a highly sexualised and unrealistic image of her.

Russell also advises little girls who aspire to be models to consider careers as “ninja cardio-thoracic poets” instead.

Every minute of her speech is worth watching:



If you can’t watch the video because you’re still hanging out for that national broadband network to be connected (congrats to the 27 people who are hooked up) or you’re at work and your boss expects you to you know, work (outrageous) – then we’ve broken down Russell’s message below.

She tells the assembled crowd that: “For the past few centuries we have defined beauty not just as health and youth and symmetry that we’re biologically programmed to admire, but also as tall, slender figures and femininity and white skin and this is a legacy that was built for me and this is a legacy I’ve cashed out on.”

Russell goes on to demonstrate the reality behind six of her fashion editorial images for Vogue, V and Allure magazines. She effortlessly dispels the common belief that life would be better or easier if only we were slimmer or more beautiful.

“If you ever think, ‘If I had thinner thighs and shinier hair, wouldn’t I be happier,” you just need to meet a group of models. They have the thinnest thighs and the shiniest hair and the coolest clothes and they are the most physically insecure women, probably, on the planet,” Rusell says.

Russell (in her 10 years of experience in the industry) confirms that most of the fashion images we see are not only retouched but manipulated by teams of people in order to portray unattainable levels of perfection/beauty/sex appeal.

 These revelations from a model will make you look at every fashion picture differently.

The photo on the above left is Russell’s first ever fashion editorial as a model. Shot for Allure magazine in 2003 when she was 16 years old, Russell says of the fashion shoot, “this is also the first very time that I wore a bikini, and I didn’t even had my period yet… I was a young girl, this is what I looked [on the right] with my grandma just a few months earlier.”

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“In this picture [above] I had actually never had a boyfriend in real life, I was totally uncomfortable and the photographer was telling me to arch my back and put my hand in that guy’s hair,” Russell says.

 These revelations from a model will make you look at every fashion picture differently.

It’s pretty hard to believe that both of these images were shot on the same day. On the right Russell appears to be a carefree teenager, on the left a seductive goddess well beyond her adolescence.

 These revelations from a model will make you look at every fashion picture differently.

This is a photo of Russell for French Vogue, the photo on the right was taken a few days prior to the fashion shoot at a friend’s slumber party.

 These revelations from a model will make you look at every fashion picture differently.

Russell in V magazine epitomising every bit the vampy seductress – a stark contrast to the the reality on the right of a teenager gearing up for soccer practice.

 These revelations from a model will make you look at every fashion picture differently.

Of the cover for German Vogue Russell says: “In December I was shooting in the Bahamas, and on the way back I was in a boat with other people staying on the same island. One woman was going on and on about the model she’d seen on the beach who was ‘so gorgeous.’ Of course, that model had been me in hair, makeup and a neon bikini. The whole 30-minute boat ride she didn’t recognise me. I was sitting directly across from her wearing sweatpants, a windbreaker, no makeup and hair up in a bun.”

Moral of this story? The images we see – and perhaps unconsciously aspire to – are not real.

“They are constructions by a group of professionals: by hair stylists, make-up artists and photographers and stylists and all of their assistants and pre-production and post production and they build this, that’s not me,” says Russell.

BRAVO.

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by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 6:42 PM
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krysstizzle
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM
Ugh, my laptop is having a fit. I'll post the video as soon as it gets its act together...
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krysstizzle
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 6:54 PM
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Ok, here we go:

OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 6:55 PM
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I love it! Every woman has flaws and we need to understand that models do too. I can see why they're insecure. They're constantly being manipulated and airbrushed in photos.
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livelaughlov26
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 6:57 PM
Interesting
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la_bella_vita
by Bella on Feb. 2, 2013 at 6:58 PM

 Interesting

meriana
by Platinum Member on Feb. 3, 2013 at 10:48 AM

About 10 years or so ago, there as a top model on a talk show (can't remember which one or who the model was) talking about the same type of thing as this article. She had a life-size cardboard cutout of herself and used black marker pen to trace out all of her flaws on it, which were of course, air-brushed out in all of her modeling pics. It was not only enlightening, the way she presented it was hilarious.

My older daughters, fortunatly, have seen first hand what a good photographer can do. My oldest had a friend, whose sister was a model while in high school (and probably before that). The modeling pics of her were gorgeous, she of course looked older than her actual age in them. In real life, this girl looked anorexic, her hair soft, shiny and beautiful in the photos, in real life looked dry and lifeless due to all the bleaching, coloring, etc. done for different modeling shoots.  In all the photo's she was gorgeous, in real life, you wouldn't give her a second glance. This girl, btw, after high school was in, lets see, I think it was Melrose Place. Can't remember the screen name she used off hand but I'd know it if I heard it.

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