Cameron Russel: Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model.

Originally I thought this was just going to be a talk about body image issues, but it goes much deeper than that. Cameron Russel really blows the lid on the modeling world and shows how difficult it is to wrestle with privilege.

One of the reasons I really enjoyed this talk was it was something I could relate with. In many ways I consider myself incredibly lucky and privileged, and trust me, it’s not a great feeling. While obviously I’d prefer to be privileged than not, it is something you wrestle with.

For myself, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wrestled with my own intelligence. I breezed though school and I almost never studied, and while that’s awesome, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Why do I get the easy road when others have to struggle? Over time, I have come to acceptance with the fact that life just deals people different cards. My only hope is that some day we can stack the deck to be a little more fair.

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