On Our Radar: Cameron Russell on TED

Our reader and good friend, Diana, tipped us off on this TED Talk by Cameron Russell. Even though it was simple and on the short side of TED Talks, we love that it was raw and honest. She recognize the privileges that she has and ties them to a problematic society where we often fail to see people for who they really are. 

In talking about how she became a model, a question that was often asked of her by young girls:

I always just say I was scouted, but that means nothing,” Russell says in her talk. “The real way I became a model is that I won a genetic lottery, and I am a recipient of a legacy. 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 with femininity and white skin. This is a legacy that was built for me, and that I’ve been cashing in on.

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