There is more to Cameron Russell than meets the eye. She may have worked with photographic greats including Steven Meisel and Craig McDean, walked the Victoria’s Secret runway and fronted campaigns for Prada and Ralph Lauren, but these were apparently the result – by her own modest admission – of simply having won “the genetic lottery”.
The 26-year-old model’s outspokenness on perceived beauty ideals was the impetus behind her 2012 TED talk – usually an opportunity granted to award-winning scientists or high-powered CEOs – entitled, Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model. The talk challenged the smoke and mirrors of the fashion industry, demanding more honesty around its imagery, greater protection for young members (Russell began her modeling career aged 16) and crucially, society’s obsession with beauty and the free pass it grants to those who possess it.
Over 6,000,000 views later, Russell’s speech is now firmly placed in TED’s top 25 talks. But