Cameron Russell may not exactly fit the image of the stereotypical model. Not only has the 26-year old earned a degree majoring in economics and political science, she’s enjoyed a lucrative 10 year modeling career. Russell has been featured on such magazines as Vogue, and walked runways for clients such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace, she featured in ads for Calvin Klein, Armani, Victoria Secret and Oscar de la Renta to name just a few.
So what sets Cameron Russell apart from other successful models? In October of 2012, Russell stirred a bit of industry controversy with her blatantly honest presentation “Looks Aren’t Everything. Believe me I’m a Model.” In the presentation Russell admits that her success as a model is due to the fact she won a genetic lottery.
She goes on to explain that not only is she pretty, tall and slender, she emphasizes the fact that she is white. While she doesn’t exactly criticize the modeling industry, she does cite a NYU PhD student’s study that determined only 4% of the 677 runway models featured in a 2007 show were non-white.
Cameron further goes on to explain that while many girls and women feel as though they’d be happier achieving a model’s look, the truth is that all models are just as, if not more so, insecure than most girls and women. She implies that young women should be discouraged from pursing modeling as a career, saying that once a girl has 10 years of underwear modeling on her resume, chances are they won’t be taken seriously in other careers. You can view the presentation on Youtube.com for a refreshingly honest portrayal of the modeling industry.