Cameron Russell

Cameron Russell is more than just a pretty face - but what a face it is! You've probably seen her in loads of magazines or strutting on the catwalk for Victoria's Secret. But what made this former model famous was her talk for TED entitled "Looks Aren't Everything. Believe Me, I'm a Model," in which she advised young girls not to pursue modeling. 

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Cameron Russell was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and she is the daughter of Robin Chase, the founder of Zipcar; her father is an engineer. When she was young, Cameron was interested in politics. In the 90's, she worked on the Clinton campaign and even met the president when she was only 10.


Cameron Russell landed a modeling agent when she was 15, and began modeling soon after. She said, "I thought it was going to be like two jobs and a funny experience. Around the same time, I went to the Naval Academy in Annapolis for their summer seminar. I thought, 'Oh, maybe I'll go into the Navy.' Then the next week it was, 'Oh, I'm shooting French Vogue."


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As for her famous TED talk, she spoke of winning the "genetic lottery."  She said, "I'm not promoting anything unhealthy because I'm not unhealthy, but I am promoting an ideal that's maybe not attainable. For that I have to feel guilty, and I have to assume some blame for that."


As for modeling pictures in general, Cameron Russell said, "These pictures are not pictures of me, they’re constructions. They’re constructions by professionals — hairstylists, makeup artists, photographers stylists and all of their assistants and pre-production and post-production and they build this. That’s not me."


Cameron also attended Columbia University where she majored in economics and political science. As for more frivolous things, she loves to shop at Amazon "because of my Kindle addiction, and their incredible used book collection (you can find anything!) Ebay, obviously. Etsy; I found some really cool vintage stuff and love seeing how creative all those people are."


And in 2013, she founded Space-Made, an artist collective based in Brooklyn. She wrote that the idea was to "create a space and support for grassroots artists to speak and work as experts."


Cameron Russell is currently single and resides in New York.

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