1. TED Talk by Cameron Russell and Body Image

While trying to figure out twitter and the land of hashtags, I stumbled upon a retweet from Tyler Carrington (UO Advertising Alum) about a recent TED Talk by Cameron Russell:

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In general, I love TED! I think their content is intellectually stimulating and extremely interesting at the same time. I also enjoy that TED talks range from medical innovation to inspirational personal breakthroughs  to creativity explained (One of my favorites TED talks by SIR Ken Robinson illustrated by RSA: LINK). I am not an avid TED watcher, but I strongly believe that it is important to take a detour from reality television and cultural phenomenons ,such as Jersey Shore, to expand your horizons and really stimulate your brain.

Back to the talk, this TED presentation was done by Cameron Russell-a famous American fashion model that has modeled for Vogue, W, and Calvin Klein.  I found Miss Russell’s talk so interesting because she references she was lucky and had all right genes. Russell states:

 “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.”-Cameron Russell

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(Images from TED)

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When Miss Russell comes out onto the TED stage, she changes from a skimpy tight body-con dress to a long flowy skirt and sweater within a minute,changing her appearance from slut to common housewife. Image, whether an advertisement or home photo, is “powerful yet superficial” and can be altered drastically. Sure Cameron is beautiful in person, but with the right professional hair dresser, makeup artist, and photographer she is absolutely stunning and creates beautiful photos.

Is this superficial to portray yourself differently in these types of photos? I don’t think its superficial, but an illusion. Cameron is masking her true self and  could not have created that beauty on her own. Without the help of those specific professionals she could be anyone, but instead is just blessed with the right proportions. Most women in the United States have struggled with body image and to hear that

“[Models] have the thinnest thighs and the shiniest hair and the coolest clothes, and they’re the most physically insecure women probably on the planet.”(Russell)

from one of the most beautiful American models makes women, and myself, feel more confident and secure with our own bodies. Cameron Russell’s talk was not only inspiring but eye-opening. It is definitely one TED talk worth checking out.

-R

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