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

  • Published on Jan 16, 2013
  • 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.
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  • No Way
    No Way 2 hours ago

    Says the pretty girl. She is right about somethings, she WILL lose her looks as she ages and along with that her power over men. But I bet she essentially commits the same unconscious biases when she choses are partner.

  • Kim RRB
    Kim RRB 3 hours ago

    Looks and money are only everything up to a certain amount. research has proven that after 70k a year money doesn't make you happier anymore. And while 70k is a lot those are not the people I would call rich yet. I'm sure this works the same for looks. If you look like an average healthy person you benefit from that. But looking better than average will probably not make you happier.

  • Charlotte Louise
    Charlotte Louise 5 hours ago

    I understood her message. Shes doing other things that don’t involve her appearance they involve her personality, her abilities.

  • Charlotte Louise
    Charlotte Louise 5 hours ago

    ‘The looks arent everything’ message fucks with me head.

  • Kumar Mohan
    Kumar Mohan 11 hours ago

    Looks do matter
    Looks are appearance
    Looks are cloths of characters and body too.
    However, moral values add the properties of own utility. And therefore a good looking person too appears as vicious
    And ugly looking person looks the best.

  • Sabrina Lee
    Sabrina Lee 16 hours ago

    tbh even this ted talk is not about some groundbreaking new discovery or research, it really is one of the very few ones that stuck with me!

  • bedrettin kanlıbıçak

    'sorry officer' would give herpes in Chicago and you wouldn't be on your way

  • taucalm
    taucalm 23 hours ago +1

    So did she just said it would be easier for her to end up united states president because she is shaggalicious thin white woman? Looks aren't everything but looks help you in every possible way to get where you want to go.

  • Pops Smith
    Pops Smith Day ago

    We are preprogrammed to look for good breeding characteristics (IE beauty, strength ) to keep the human race strong. Hopefully in a good relationship you can see and appreciate everything a person has to offer, not just good looks

  • Time flies and Aeroplanes Crash.

    Looks aren't everything, trust me I'm a model...yah, like when rich people tell you money isn't everything...😂 Mind you, on saying that Naomi Campbell bin a clothes horse for years and she's a right orrible caaah 😂

  • Mutafa Rahmani
    Mutafa Rahmani Day ago +1

    Sooo should i be concerned about my look?

  • A Ahmad
    A Ahmad Day ago

    At least the comment section put a smile on my face.

  • Rajiv Soni
    Rajiv Soni Day ago


  • amperro
    amperro Day ago

    Looks are not everything but they are something.

  • eliz fm
    eliz fm Day ago


  • Tom
    Tom Day ago

    On a scale of 1-10, how easy is it for someone beautiful to say that looks aren't everything?

  • Conroy Penner
    Conroy Penner Day ago

    God, Jesus Christ, and a good Christian life is everything. Read the Authorized King James Bible for the truth.

  • The Dissident75
    The Dissident75 Day ago

    She transformed a hot model in a in tight dress to a hot model in a flowing skirt and long sleeve t. Ya, big transformation

  • Spirits r us
    Spirits r us Day ago

    You know your true friends when you have no more money and when you gain severe scars after an accident. They usually are the ppl who used you to gain more friends

  • Daniel Thompson
    Daniel Thompson Day ago

    Ted talks sucks, but this person is an idiot

  • Raquel Gomez
    Raquel Gomez Day ago +1

    She didn’t touch on how it sucks that everyone always tries to sleep with you. And give you creep vibes.

    • Shreya Ganguly
      Shreya Ganguly 7 hours ago

      The truth is that our society is very ugly.

  • Dammi
    Dammi Day ago +2

    I guess it hits differently when you've always been beautiful as opposed to having to work incredibly hard just to look socially acceptable, so in a sense you don't truly know what you have till it's gone even when you think you do. I guess that is why people who want in another person for themselves what they can't have find it difficult to relate or empathize with them. Although it seems plenty unfair and some experiences are tougher than others, that should not give one the right to invalidate someone's personal struggles.

  • Rahul Gaha
    Rahul Gaha 2 days ago +1

    Telling other "it" is nothing, when you have it all. While other people are trying and crying so hard to get.
    I would appreciate a little respect for them too.

  • Dany
    Dany 2 days ago

    Well actually she isn't White.

  • Irina Chabashvili
    Irina Chabashvili 2 days ago

    Ерунду болтает

    Jan ŽATECKÝ 2 days ago

    Pretty girl model try to say ugly ones on the bottom of sociaety yea but after all im not happy that bull

    Jan ŽATECKÝ 2 days ago

    Lets be pretty nun from NY

    Jan ŽATECKÝ 2 days ago

    Wtf cant get it its realy bull

  • Lisa Oberaigner
    Lisa Oberaigner 2 days ago

    Thank you for these honest and open words!

  • dani cali
    dani cali 2 days ago +1

    While I'm not ugly, I'm far from being model like, but I've had friends who have been really stunning, and where I've gone out with them, you wouldn't believe the attention they get. It's as if they're famous. Meanwhile, I'm invisible. And it is hard to see that, to live that, when you do have friends who look like models, to see how much better they get treated than you. How they get attention from the good looking guys, when those guys don't notice you. How counter staff treat them like VIPs, how everyone smiles at them. How everything comes easy to them. Most people who look that good never have to worry about money. They don't have to work some s**t job where they get treated badly. The list is endless. And I have no idea what point she was trying to make, apart from confirming that in fact, looks make a huge difference.

    • Hideously Ugly
      Hideously Ugly Day ago

      dani cali I have always seen exactly all of that every where I go all my life and I agree completely with you because that has been my experience. However, I am ugly

    • myinfo_kristalls molensk
      myinfo_kristalls molensk 2 days ago

      You are pretty because the looks is not all that matters. But the heart and sincerity.

  • robert marshall
    robert marshall 2 days ago

    Hurry up your boring me... u sold ya self out and found your identity in your superficialities, get over ya self.

  • Gregory S
    Gregory S 2 days ago

    I have seen a statistic suggesting, if you are being re-introduced into society or being released from a mental institution, the more pretty you were, especially women, the more likely you would succeed.

  • Ananya Akruwala
    Ananya Akruwala 2 days ago +1

    What she said literally blew my mind. People should realize that looks aren’t everything even though it seems like it, because your actions and success speak for themselves. Beautiful speech 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻❤️❤️🇮🇳

  • YoBro
    YoBro 2 days ago

    Lookers have lots of issues that uglies don't have to deal with. This is a PC speech and I had to roll up my pants legs. But she's not bad to look at.

  • Scarlett Widow
    Scarlett Widow 2 days ago

    Looks aren't everything but in the society we live in that's how it is society kept making these standards . Some people fit these standards some people don't. But just beacaus you don't got these standard does not mean your ugly it just means that your beauty isn't standardized and if people who weren't skinny were looked as attractive everyone would have the same problem so f society beacaus some people who are 'pretty ' have gone through plastic surgery. Sorry of this was too long and I probably was grammatically incorrect some parts but I'm just trying to get a point across since I don't care what people think of me but I'm the one who criticizes myself and put me down the most.

    • Hideously Ugly
      Hideously Ugly Day ago

      Scarlett Widow it does mean that I’m ugly and that’s obvious. The only influence society has on image is fashion nothing more. If someone is very good looking then they will look good no matter what they wear. The woman that stepped out on stage is gorgeous and that’s what everybody saw and when she changed her attire she was still gorgeous just as gorgeous as when she stepped out on stage so the only thing that changed was her fashion appearance not the fact that she was beautiful regardless of what she was wearing whether she steps out on stage and a beautiful dress or something hip-hop or retro or in baggy old sweatpants and a wrinkled T-shirt and a coffee cup in her hand she is still gorgeous thatIs exactly what everybody will see and no society or media could ever be able to change that no matter what because the only influence on the image they have is fashion and nothing more and that’s how it has always been

  • ioannis alexopoylos
    ioannis alexopoylos 2 days ago


  • Plantoid
    Plantoid 2 days ago +1

    I thought this talk was already pointless enough (models are probably the most insecure people in the world, therefore being good-looking doesn't make you happy! nope that's a false equivalency, models are insecure because their looks is their only employable trait, your average pretty law student isn't going to spend all day worrying about a pimple or starve herself so her premise is already wrong) but now I've found out that she's also the daughter of a very successful woman Robin Chase and she wasn't scouted, she became a model because her mother's friend worked at her first modeling agency. So we get this woman who didn't just win the genetic lottery but pretty much got handed everything on a silver platter talking about...... lookism is bad? models are insecure? and? so what? and people applaud her for what? oh you are so brave to talk about these topics? that everyone already knows anyway? and saying platitudes like "image is artificial"? Damn. I'm just disappointed in the quality of TED.

  • Sharky Life
    Sharky Life 2 days ago

    You are right they are not everything they are almost everything I know because I am a very ugly person and I face discrimination

  • Ua Toto
    Ua Toto 2 days ago

    most of the ppl in these comments didn't watch the video/missed the point lol

  • Tommy Apples
    Tommy Apples 2 days ago

    The way you look has an emotional impact on people even subconsciously without trying, many guys will tell you, when they are around beautiful women they tend to short circuit and get anxious!!! And when around not so pretty girls, just dandy!

  • Jose Landa
    Jose Landa 2 days ago

    Hi guys! I’m trying to be a model but I’m still learning the industry. I’m about 6 feet tall, Hispanic light skin, and slim fit I guess. I still don’t know if I want to be a runaway or Instagram model or both, so I’m still doing my research. Any advice or comments would be cool (: My Instagram is @landalokz if you guys want to support me. I would appreciate it

    • myinfo_kristalls molensk
      myinfo_kristalls molensk 2 days ago +1

      You are who you want to be Landa. Just be confident in all that you believe in and other issues will be settled.

  • William Wesner
    William Wesner 2 days ago

    True attractiveness for both men and women actually has very little to do with being "good looking." Plenty of people are superficially "attractive" yet remain so emotionally and psychologically immature their whole lives, they never understand what it is to BE a truly attractive person - someone people want to be around and find pleasure in feeling drawn to deeper aspects of them beyond mere sexual attraction. All these poor souls ever attract is other people who are superficially attractive and just as spiritually poor as themselves.

  • A normal guy With a beard

    Many good looking people get up there very quickly. It’s a fact.

  • Robert Caffrey
    Robert Caffrey 2 days ago

    She looks latino. Beauty isn't only skin deep, Cameron comes across as having a beautiful soul also. She has a very soulful expression in her eyes.

  • sudesh pawar
    sudesh pawar 2 days ago +1

    Your are fucking lier

  • Petrice Henderson
    Petrice Henderson 3 days ago

    It's What On The Inside! Quit Being So Typical Common You Might Think Yet You Don't Know Just Say You Like to Be Used In The Name Of The Lord! How Many Conversations Don't Manifest!

  • Petrice Henderson
    Petrice Henderson 3 days ago

    I Agree How You Carry Yourself Has A lot To Do With It! Also Think Before You Do What You Think You Want!

  • Jacob Ochieng
    Jacob Ochieng 3 days ago

    Human beings judge by appearance, period!

  • SamSamSam
    SamSamSam 3 days ago

    It's not just a genetic lottery. It's also an inheritance you receive from your ancestor's genetic choices.
    Also intelligence is largely hereditary. Intelligence can be inherited and developed - just like Beauty or Physical Strength.

  • jsaavedra3
    jsaavedra3 3 days ago

    So many people are missing the point or didn't even watch the video. She is admitting that she is a pretty, white, privileged woman. She is also saying that it's wrong for society to place so much importance on physical looks. There are downfalls to being beautiful. It's true that being beautiful and or rich makes life easier. It doesn't however grant you happiness or a perfect life.

    • YoBro
      YoBro 2 days ago

      She won't qualify for free housing and health care, but she can get alimony if she sleeps around to find the right doofus.

  • Omid Mo
    Omid Mo 3 days ago

    It is American culture
    A culture that is just want to make money

  • first name last name

    When your looks start to fail, suddenly looks dont matter

  • Charlie
    Charlie 3 days ago +4

    "Being alive isn't everything" trust me Im dead

  • Rauðúlfr Skål
    Rauðúlfr Skål 3 days ago

    In this visual world it does. Hyocrism also. Escpecially amongst the people that benefit from it. Next!

  • Plantoid
    Plantoid 3 days ago +1

    she's making a false equivalency with models=good-looking people. not every good-looking person is insecure lol. it makes sense for a career model to be insecure since their looks is their only employable asset.

  • Plantoid
    Plantoid 3 days ago +1

    it actually makes sense to me that she says models are probably the most insecure people on the planet. I mean I don't personally believe it given all those people born with deformities and personally I've been bullied for being ugly and spent years hating myself but whatever, for the sake of argument, it makes sense that models are probably quite insecure compared to say good-looking non-models (if that's actually true) because if my looks were my only employable "skill" I'd be damn neurotic to make sure I look perfect all the time so I can get work. I don't feel sorry for them though. no one forced them to not develop other employable skills. she's making a false equivalency with models=good-looking people. not every good-looking person is insecure lol, your average pretty medical student isn't spending all day feeling insecure about her face.

  • TH
    TH 3 days ago

    This comment section stupid. Y'all hate on her because of her good genetics and disregard the point she way trying to make, some people really can't be helped.

  • GloriousTapeworm
    GloriousTapeworm 3 days ago

    casual TED making ugly people feel better by lying to them

  • Bianca Hotca
    Bianca Hotca 3 days ago

    She has an athletic build and is tall enough to fit their requirements.