interior design ideas women's boutique

interior design ideas women's boutique

translator: joseph genireviewer: morton bast hi. my name is cameron russell, and for the last little while,i've been a model. actually, for 10 years. and i feel like there's an uncomfortable tensionin the room right now because i should not have worn this dress. (laughter) so luckily, i brought an outfit change.

this is the first outfit changeon the ted stage, so you guys are pretty luckyto witness it, i think. if some of the women werereally horrified when i came out, you don't have to tell me now,but i'll find out later on twitter. i'd also note that i'm quite privileged to be able to transformwhat you think of me in a very brief 10 seconds. not everybody gets to do that. these heels are very uncomfortable,so good thing i wasn't going to wear them.

the worst part is puttingthis sweater over my head, because that's whenyou'll all laugh at me, so don't do anythingwhile it's over my head. all right. so, why did i do that? that was awkward. well -- hopefully not as awkward as that picture. image is powerful,

but also, image is superficial. i just totally transformedwhat you thought of me, in six seconds. and in this picture, i had actually never hada boyfriend in real life. i was totally uncomfortable, and the photographerwas telling me to arch my back and put my hand in that guy's hair. and of course, barring surgery, or the fake tan that i gottwo days ago for work,

there's very little that we can doto transform how we look, and how we look, though it issuperficial and immutable, has a huge impact on our lives. so today, for me, beingfearless means being honest. and i am on this stagebecause i am a model. i am on this stage becausei am a pretty, white woman, and in my industry,we call that a sexy girl. i'm going to answer the questionsthat people always ask me, but with an honest twist.

so the first question is,how do you become a model? i always just say, "oh, i was scouted," but that means nothing. the real way that i became a model is i won a genetic lottery,and i am the recipient of a legacy, and maybe you're wonderingwhat is a legacy. well, for the past few centuries we have defined beautynot just as health and youth and symmetry that we're biologicallyprogrammed to admire,

but also as tall, slender figures, and femininity and white skin. and this is a legacythat was built for me, and it's a legacythat i've been cashing out on. and i know there arepeople in the audience who are skeptical at this point, and maybe there aresome fashionistas who are like, "wait. naomi. tyra. joan smalls. liu wen." and first, i commend you on your modelknowledge. very impressive.

but unfortunately,i have to inform you that in 2007, a very inspired nyu ph.d. student counted all the models on the runway,every single one that was hired, and of the 677 models that were hired, only 27, or less than four percent,were non-white. the next question people always ask is, "can i be a model when i grow up?" and the first answer is, "i don't know,they don't put me in charge of that." but the second answer,

and what i really want to sayto these little girls is, "why? you know? you can be anything. you could be the presidentof the united states, or the inventor of the next internet, or a ninja cardiothoracic surgeon poet, which would be awesome,because you'd be the first one." if, after this amazing list,they still are like, "no, no, cameron, i want to be a model," well, then i say, "be my boss."

because i'm not in charge of anything, and you could be the editor in chiefof american vogue or the ceo of h&m,or the next steven meisel. saying that you want to bea model when you grow up is akin to saying that you want to winthe powerball when you grow up. it's out of your control,and it's awesome, and it's not a career path. i will demonstrate for you now10 years of accumulated model knowledge, because unlike cardiothoracic surgeons,

it can just be distilled right now. so, if the photographer is right there, the light is right there, like a nice hmi, and the client says,"we want a walking shot," this leg goes first, nice and long,this arm goes back, this arm goes forward, the head is at three quarters,and you just go back and forth, just do that, and then you look backat your imaginary friends, 300, 400, 500 times. it will look something like this.

hopefully less awkwardthan that one in the middle. that was -- i don't knowwhat happened there. unfortunately,after you've gone to school, and you have a rã©sumã©and you've done a few jobs, you can't say anything anymore, so if you say you want to bethe president of the united states, but your rã©sumã© reads,"underwear model: 10 years," people give you a funny look. the next question is,"do they retouch all the photos?"

and yeah, they pretty muchretouch all the photos, but that is only a small componentof what's happening. this picture is the very firstpicture that i ever took, and it's also the very first timethat i had worn a bikini, and i didn't even have my period yet. i know we're getting personal,but i was a young girl. this is what i looked like with my grandmajust a few months earlier. here's me on the same day as this shoot. my friend got to come.

here's me at a slumber partya few days before i shot french vogue. here's me on the soccer teamand in v magazine. and here's me today. and i hope what you're seeing is that these picturesare not pictures of me. they are constructions, and they are constructionsby a group of professionals, by hairstylists and makeup artistsand photographers and stylists and all of their assistantsand pre-production and post-production,

and they build this. that's not me. okay, so the next questionpeople always ask me is, "do you get free stuff?" i do have too many 8-inch heelswhich i never get to wear, except for earlier, but the free stuff that i getis the free stuff that i get in real life, and that's what we don't liketo talk about. i grew up in cambridge,

and one time i went into a storeand i forgot my money and they gave me the dress for free. when i was a teenager,i was driving with my friend who was an awful driverand she ran a red and of course, we got pulled over, and all it took was a "sorry, officer,"and we were on our way. and i got these free thingsbecause of how i look, not who i am, and there arepeople paying a cost for how they look and not who they are.

i live in new york, and last year, of the 140,000 teenagersthat were stopped and frisked, 86% of them were black and latino,and most of them were young men. and there are only 177,000young black and latino men in new york, so for them, it's not a questionof, "will i get stopped?" but "how many times will i get stopped?when will i get stopped?" when i was researching this talk, i found out that of the 13-year-old girlsin the united states, 53% don't like their bodies,

and that number goes to 78%by the time that they're 17. so, the last question people ask me is, "what is it like to be a model?" and i think the answerthat they're looking for is, "if you are a little bit skinnierand you have shinier hair, you will be so happy and fabulous." and when we're backstage, we give an answerthat maybe makes it seem like that. we say, "it's really amazing to travel,and it's amazing to get to work

with creative, inspired,passionate people." and those things are true,but they're only one half of the story, because the thingthat we never say on camera, that i have never said on camera, is, "i am insecure." and i'm insecure because i have to thinkabout what i look like every day. and if you ever are wondering, "if i have thinner thighsand shinier hair, will i be happier?" you just need to meet a group of models,

because they have the thinnest thighs,the shiniest hair and the coolest clothes, and they're the most physicallyinsecure women probably on the planet. when i was writing this talk, i found it very difficultto strike an honest balance, because on the one hand, i felt very uncomfortableto come out here and say, "look i've received all these benefitsfrom a deck stacked in my favor," and it also felt really uncomfortableto follow that up with, "and it doesn't always make me happy."

but mostly it was difficult to unpacka legacy of gender and racial oppression when i am oneof the biggest beneficiaries. but i'm also happyand honored to be up here and i think that it's greatthat i got to come before 10 or 20 or 30 years had passedand i'd had more agency in my career, because maybe then i wouldn't tellthe story of how i got my first job, or maybe i wouldn't tell the storyof how i paid for college, which seems so important right now. if there's a takeaway to this talk,

i hope it's that we all feelmore comfortable acknowledging the power of imagein our perceived successes and our perceived failures. thank you. (applause)

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