Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model. | Cameron Russell

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 …


  1. If you are beautiful and sexy and ravishing, you get many opportunities in life. Luck is always on your side. But the pressure to continue looking beautiful is often overlooked. You are always worried about how you carry yourself, what you wear etc., and never get a moment of peace. Not to mention the threats you may physically face. I love how she said that she is insecure cause that is the reality behind those pretty faces and perfect faces. Kudos to her for actually speaking about what one feels in this industry.

  2. Yes, it's absolutely true that looks do matter. It does give you astonishing advantages in life, that's why the cosmetics industry is worth Billions. However, If you happen to be attractive, it comes with alot of insecurities cause you're always thinking of how you look, how others precieve you and the fear of getting judged. I'm not saying average person don't care about their appearance, what i'm saying is attractive people care wayyy more than you think. Also, stop judging people based on their looks, just cause they're attractive doesn't mean they're shallow or they deserve to be hated cause you don't have what they have. A person's look can naturally give you initial assumptions about them, but the type of person you are is determined by how you act on towards those assumptions. It's true that I can appreciate someones beauty, but that's about it. I don't make judgement on the individual unless I know what type of person they are. The honest truth is, LIFE IS NOT FAIR FOR EVERYONE. In a sense, it can be a good thing, because that's what make's every single individual unique and strive to better themselves. So, just Stop Bitching about what others have and start appreciating and making improvements on what you have. Cause there's always someone out there who would happily trade their lifestyle for yours. You are in many ways PRIVILEGED too, maybe you just don't want to see it.

  3. Honestly, sorry if this is harsh, but it was a pretty bad talk. She literally got up there and said she got lucky in her life and career, and goes on to reflect in a very shallow fashion how this is unfair. She then tries to engender sympathy by playing a supposed victim, trying to claim that models like her are "the most insecure" women on the planet with respect to their looks. Are you kidding me? Could she have thought for maybe five seconds about the innumerable number of people out there who are obviously plagued by insecurity in their looks EVERY MOMENT OF THEIR WHOLE LIVES because they are NEVER going to be perceived as attractive? I'm sorry but it takes a lot to make me cry.

    What's sad is that this woman is actually quite intelligent, apparently. She graduated from Columbia with honors political science and economics. Probably one of the easier degrees to obtain, but it still requires hard work, and Columbia is not typically easy to get into. But the whole focus of her talk doesn't make sense. She's defined her whole life around modelling, but is trying to encourage people not to judge based on looks? Could her life be a more direct contradiction?

    Her takeaway message is, literally: "I hope we all feel more comfortable acknowledging the power of image in our perceived successes and our perceived failures." Thanks for a trivial observation. This would be like someone who inherited all their money coming and doing a TED talk saying "I hope we all feel more comfortable acknowledging the power of inherited wealth in our perceived successes and our perceived failures", then walking off the stage after making a few off-handed remarks about how hard it is for rich people to find "true friends" and to never know if someone is dating you for your money. And without offering any advice or solutions. Did it occur to hear that, God forbid, maybe she could not make her WHOLE FRIGGIN CAREER antithetical to the message she brought? If she thinks it's unfair she should be using her intelligence and work ethic in a different career, or using the success she's had as a platform for something greater. She literally spends like two seconds here discussing racism, for example. If she's had success as a model, go and capitalize on that and make a more meaningful contribution to society, if she thinks judgement of looks is shallow. I have no problem if she wants to be a model, but she's being completely hypocritical, so why should we pay attention to her here? Don't spend your life capitalizing on your looks, come up on stage, say it's unfair, offer no solutions or even the most miniscule interest in remedying the problem, and then just walk off, acting like you have some sort of deep insight into the injustice of the ways of the world. 1 out of 5 stars.

  4. A fascinating talk and props to Cameron!

    But the first sentence got me thinking. She says she became a model because she won the genetic lottery, which totally makes sense.

    Thus, people can become resentful and jealous because she was lucky. Other people had to work hard to acquire wealth and fame, unlike her who was just lucky.

    But that part got me thinking. How is that any different than people winning the "intellectual lottery"? People are born and raised into having different IQs and the abilities to delay gratification which are two best predictors of success and general well being. That means some people were just lucky because they were born with higher IQs and raised into being able to delay gratification better.

    They also won a certain genetic lottery, so to speak.

    A pretty interesting topic in my opinion!

  5. I think what she's trying to say, is that all these "good-looking" people would appreciate it if other people would look beyond their shiny and thin legs, and more at their views of the world, their interests, their opinion on current events, etc. I also think that she's trying to reassure those with insecurities about their bodies( especially young girls, and even boys) that there is nothing wrong with not looking like the women/men on magazines.

    This is just my point of view.

  6. No matter what she wears. She remains a beautiful woman and you can tell. I always do not understand why beautiful people tell that appearance would mean nothing. Just as rich people always tell us, money is not important. Nobody would come up with the idea of telling a blind person that seeing is not so great, or a paraplegic, that walking on two legs has no meaning. What a nonsense.

  7. To be totally honest it is kind of stupid to Capitalize on anything and then cry foul later.

    Seriously so now She had a conscience? It is way easier to have a Conscience after you have reaped the rewards of capitalization of your natural gifts. I really find it totally Hypocritical.

    Did anyone notice now that she is Oh so pure that the sweater she put on was lower cut than her dress was?

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