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Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model. | Cameron Russell

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Cameron Russell admits she won "a genetic lottery": she's tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16-years-old. Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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Make it rain (7 hours ago)
Ted Talks is a scam.
Its ASetUp (1 day ago)
Money isn’t everything, believe me I’m a millionaire.
Carla F Mass (1 day ago)
Jacob Wilson (2 days ago)
We all acknowledge the power of Image, in our perceived successes and our perceived failures.
Rick Grimes (2 days ago)
If you’re a 10 but your personality is a 2, you’re a 2.
Fashfrog 14 (3 days ago)
Shut up, thot. Keep being a Jew-slave to modern America and leave normal, hard-working people alone; don't rub your dirty path in everyone's face.
Fashfrog 14 (3 days ago)
If you're ugly, you better be smart or interesting. If you're good looking, sit back and enjoy the ride.
Thelema (3 days ago)
Some of these comments are pretty fucking retarded.
av0cad0 sMoOtHiE (3 days ago)
Her speech was engaging, but it lacked fluidity and structure. Trust me, I’m a debater.
George Piddington (3 days ago)
Seems all the people who say looks aren’t everything are all hot
GARY Gwin (4 days ago)
BULL****. Looks and simple manipulation can make a woman rich and keep her out of the workforce for life. Men do not escape working just because of their looks.
Mr.Banana (4 days ago)
Money isn’t everything. Believe me, I am rich!
name 123 (2 days ago)
Mr.Banana - 😆
SynthGuy777 (4 days ago)
The cool thing about being ugly is this; when people like you, you know it's because of who you are, not for what they can use.
Alexa Hall (4 days ago)
Easy for you to say, you’re society’s perfect girl
Amore C-P (5 days ago)
Outstanding video
chimayinasniffer (5 days ago)
I don’t see what being white has to do with it. Hallie Berry is a 10.
Player One (5 days ago)
Yes, she's pretty, but sadly has a disease in her brain, called liberalism.
Frank Dalla (5 days ago)
Pretty white girls made me happy and sad forever. Like winning a race, or hitting a home run.... That rush dosent last, but fortunately there enough of them to get a man through a lifetime.
Dear watch my channel. subscribe it. I like your channel. I have subscribed your channel. Love from Truth because Truth have only Love for Human.
Luna (6 days ago)
I like this video
Mar19s72hall (2 days ago)
She was so scared on there .
Sarah Schmidt (7 days ago)
I didn't think anything about the first dress, honestly. I thought she looked great!
Andreea Ilie (8 days ago)
She is funny and very humble
vmin fic (8 days ago)
the fact that she’s talking about important stuff like racial oppression and literal white privilege in the modeling industry and society in general is the main point everyone here in mad just because she’s a model. shes not some airhead who doesn’t know what shes talking about
r mac (8 days ago)
Just like I like em!
Shazarah Ramesar (9 days ago)
I love what she had to say, the fact that she's aware of here priviledge and is trying to let people know that hey yes I'm a model and it's just luck but looks aren't everything and no matter how beautiful you are , you still have insecurities. She's saying being a model is nothing to aspire to and it's no great accomplishment and the unfairness of the system. Hardly ever is someone like her willing to admit things like that. I think she's amazing for doing this talk
entertain7us14 (9 days ago)
"These pictures are not pictures of me, they are constructions." that actually made me feel good, wtf
entertain7us14 (9 days ago)
the memey comments parodying the title down here don't really make sense to me, since the whole conceit of this speech is that she's sharing her awareness of her own privilege.
Ju Ju (10 days ago)
I think the important thing is to love yourself. Don't take illusory world so serious,because this world is not real, it's a fake.
Maxine Morrison (10 days ago)
So many idiots in the comments who probably just read the title and didn’t bother to watch the video🙄
Fahim mahmud (10 days ago)
honestly one of my favorite ted talk
Jada Kisses (10 days ago)
Being healthy isnt that bad, trust me I'm obese.
ViVi (10 days ago)
It's easy to say money isn't everything when you are rich. Just like that, it's easy to say that looks aren't everything when you're good-looking.
Nibeza Kevin (10 days ago)
OK honestly i'm 16,years old and I'm a boy but people show some heart , would u go out there and start talking about what u have that u think give nearly zero interest imagine u are a millionaire and u talk about how ur millions are worth nothing, it would be hard for the poor peoples to understand. Now I always get invited at parties simply cause of my background, because I'm a kid of a rich father but it doesn't mean anything to me too, alright guys the lesson from this is to seek from within not the outside
Ramen Noodles (10 days ago)
I'm ugly
JACKIALIY F (11 days ago)
So basically everyone wants a neckbeard soyboy.
mhr (12 days ago)
Everyone has different pain. She’s so brave and smart.
Tara S (12 days ago)
So open and honest. Really well done!
Yo Mama (12 days ago)
Young black & latino males commit the most crimes so yes they will be stopped more
ramrod 60th (12 days ago)
Looks are just a product of vanity did Vanity ever get anybody any place
Helen Hunt (13 days ago)
She's made a big mistake if she is searching some understanding in present day people. I don't know about the audience, but most of the people commenting below are just dripping with envy and malice. They only choose to see the privileges she has, but conveniently omit, that this profession also entails hours of torture in high heels and make-up, suffering the bossing around from photographers, no privacy, constant hunger and phobia of gaining weight, men's constant objectifying you, as it is good for their image to date a model.
John Spence (13 days ago)
The comments are polar. It's not complicated. Person A: Same IQ, same socio-economics, same parents/siblings/friends, BUT UGLY. Person B: Same as A, except GORGEOUS. Who's life would you rather have? Who's life do you think is easier? Not complicated. Neither is within your control, so don't bother worrying about it.
Metta King (14 days ago)
i agree that looks aren't everything, but looks are most pf things
Dany (14 days ago)
I wish I were a Dog. They're cute
Zainab Haider (14 days ago)
Why is she breathing so hard tf
josh harvey (14 days ago)
Oh I see ur with a black guy hence the white hate and the act like u accomplished something by spreading ur legs for a black guy. Even an article worshiping u for it. Lol @ u
josh harvey (14 days ago)
Why not have some pride in what you are rather than contributing to bashing what you are and whites in general? What a disservice u are doing here. Maybe u will get ur wish and whites will be replaced. May it lie heavy on ur conscience u turd
josh harvey (14 days ago)
worst Ted ever. If a black du commits a crime cops look for a black du not a white. White people have ran modeling and started it. It's natural for people to be attracted to their own race. Like Chinese models r majority in China and Japanese majority in Japan. This model is a flake trashing her own race
Nikola Sekulic (14 days ago)
Look aren't everything WHEN you have it. Money isn't everything WHEN you have it. Explain to a thirsty person that water isn't everything ;)
shadow killer (15 days ago)
Danny Han (15 days ago)
Money isn't everything. Believe me, I'm rich.
i honestly dont even find her attractive
Pink Love (15 days ago)
Life hard if we being target of people because of our beauty. Life also hard when we being ignore by people because we not beauty.
Henry Fox (16 days ago)
She’s not even good looking
Baby Xo (16 days ago)
I was sceptical at first but wow she’s right
Nikola95inYT (16 days ago)
Wtf is this video. Next we will see how a billionaire would explain to a homeless man how money doesn't matter in life 😂😤
Sumedha (17 days ago)
Looks are everything. Believe me, I am not a model.
Michelle Harley (13 days ago)
if you are stupid, have no skill or will to work hard, yeah than all you can depend on is your looks, until you get old though!
Kis Abel (17 days ago)
Hahaha saw the title of the video..it was enough.
Liana Cordova (17 days ago)
The fact that she addressed her outfit to the WOMEN in the audience tells us that its US women who judge one another
TheWellness (18 days ago)
The point being made is that both the modelling and product industries need to change - the perception of beauty has previously come from product manufacturers/modelling agencies dictating the ideal beauty standards. The argument is that these industries need to drastically change how they pick their models as well as the product advertisers change how they market their products. Are we ready for a change and can we bring about change. Is being inclusive better for society even it means losing the edgey/glossy advertisement and is exclusivity more harmful to society overall.
Andrew Zhao (18 days ago)
Good looking people are treated better. People who are treated better are not necessarily happier.
Superstar McAwesome (18 days ago)
I find it funny that she puts on a thin dress and a thin sweatshirt and thinks I still wouldn't Bang her, I would, every day of the week, that proved nothing, she's still hot. That sweatshirts not going to stop people from asking her for her number.
Superstar McAwesome (18 days ago)
Looks aren't everything that's why her husband or boyfriend is probably gorgeous, not a 350 pound fat guy with acne who sweats every time he stands up, but he's nice, yeah she can shut the f*ck up forever.
FireWork (18 days ago)
Watch the video first.
piero cenni (18 days ago)
I would hate to be attractive. So much attention.
雨宮寧音 (19 days ago)
I agree with the argument she’s trying to make. But the tittle did this video dirty. It could come off as arrogant.
Eddie Avinashi (19 days ago)
Looks are not everything, but they do represent a genetic advantage that enables greater connection in the world. Intelligence, health, fitness, and looks, if selected for, create the most efficient, productive human being. Beyond that, the only thing that can become more efficient is a cybernetic being built to look perfect, never age, have vast intelligence, run faster, lift more, and never break.
John Wilson (19 days ago)
The title of your video is a lie. You live in a made-up world. And you're a model. Stop spreading lies to make people feel good women don't need to douche it except for look f****** pretty and that is all
G&C (20 days ago)
Being virgin isnt that bad. Trust me i am a pornstar
Esin Dirik (20 days ago)
That was a pretty pointless talk.
MrChet407 (21 days ago)
Duhhh, looks can't do math
Thalita Reis Cabral (21 days ago)
This was one the first and most honest Ted talks that ever watched
D K (21 days ago)
She’s a superficial airhead
artur Shaylitsa (22 days ago)
Life is hard, trust me I’m human!
Prophet of shrek (22 days ago)
Thats good to know, now I know my wife left me for my personality not looks, THANKS TED
9 NightWolf (17 days ago)
welp I guess communication wasn't there
She had and has a HUGE advantage in dating because a) she is a woman b) she is goodlooking And now she tells ME nah that‘s not so important. Pffft. Maybe I should approach a hot woman and tell her it doesn‘t matter that I‘m not so attractive, let‘s see what she‘s gonna tell me then.
So if looks isn‘t everything, did she date ugly men or at least average men who are not wealthy and famous? I don‘t think so.
tony guillen (23 days ago)
Money isn't everything. Believe me, I'm a billionaire
Ricardo Montero (23 days ago)
wow god bless her precious soul
Lucy T (23 days ago)
Curvy is better than skinny!! . We are more than our body's !! Us lady's can do anything !! Photoshop and media is main inked to mental health issues depression, anxiety and insecurity!! Let's change the society media !!!
باحث جزائري (23 days ago)
Money aren't everything believe me ! I'm a born millionaire.
Rohit Goswami (23 days ago)
Sorry for waiting
Rohit Goswami (23 days ago)
Sorry for waiting
Rohit Goswami (23 days ago)
See u again sweetheart welcome
Abeer Alenazi. (23 days ago)
Money isn't everything, believe me. I’m rich.
TheDarkKnight (23 days ago)
yeah no looks are pretty important
harsh reality (24 days ago)
the most ironic title ever made lmfao
JS Recurser (24 days ago)
Chickens aren't everything, trust me I'm a cow.
Drake Miller (24 days ago)
💞 thank you
M2tO (24 days ago)
I like you. Good talk.
J G (24 days ago)
Sorry I call Bulls#it on this. Money isn’t everything, but dammit if it doesn’t make someone’s life easier. Health isn’t everything but it means you can do most of the things you love. Obviously looks aren’t everything, but she will have an easier life than billions of other people and opportunities/experiences that most of humanity cant even fathom I guess she’ll only appreciate this once her looks have faded. #Sorrynotsorry
Dally White (26 days ago)
Im sorry but I disagree. If you look like me, then yeah, looks ARE everything
Viktor the victor (26 days ago)
Reject The Black Pill
Heisenberg (27 days ago)
Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I am ugly. -- this would have been a much more acceptable title.
Heythem Eagle (28 days ago)
When will women get the fact that we men hate skinny women .
Cosmic Serpent (28 days ago)
I understand what you are trying to say, and I appreciate that you did this, but I don't think it worked. It felt more like pity than anything else and I feel somewhat condescended to.
Vapey McVape (28 days ago)
Who wants thin thighs on a woman? Urghhh.
This b#$h lol gfys
gypsy geenie (29 days ago)
All the ugly people be hating... 1.. 2.... 3...
F.B.I (28 days ago)
Im ugly , So what?! Still gonna get bullied, get treated worse and die single and a virgin
Derak C. (29 days ago)
great talk.

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