I was taken in by this TED talk: What You Didn’t Know About the Modeling Industry.  Unlike some of the overly scary (but true) stories about how horrible the industry is — it leads to anorexia, fuels major competition and expresses intense age-ism, this story is an honest, thoughtful and raw perspective by model Cameron Russell.

Russell spends about 9 minutes on a TEDx stage answering the typical questions she’s asked because she’s a model.  Her main thesis is modeling is all about image.  Not the truth.  She doesn’t glorify modeling nor does she totally demonize it.  She matter-a-factly tells us of the unfair freebies she gets only because she’s pretty.  She shares how insecure she and all of her fellow models are because they have to think about what they look every minute of every day.

At first I was a little skeptical.  After all, if she’s saying modeling is so horrible for culture, then why does she still do it?  But her approach was so disarming and truthful.  And she points out that like many jobs that we have as teens, it paid for her education.  I actually liked the fact that her agenda wasn’t SO clear.  I liked that Russell simply decoded the profession for us and shared her life story.

Have a look and see for yourself.

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