Model Cameron Russell, who has posed for prestigious fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel, answers the most common questions asked about her work in a recently uploaded TED Talks video. Displaying a keen perspective informed by rare sociological insight into race and gender issues, Russell deftly refutes notions that being a model is something achieved (and more importantly something that can be achieved by everyone equally), that modeling should be a career aspiration for girls, and that model looks equal happiness.
On the question of how one becomes a model, for instance, Russell says frankly:
“I won a genetic lottery, and I am the recipient of a legacy. For the past two centuries, we have defined beauty not just as health and youth and symmetry that we’re biologically programmed to admire, but also tall, slender figures and femininity and white skin. And this was a legacy that was built for me, and it’s a legacy I’ve been cashing out on.”
Preach on, sister, preach on. Watch the video below: