Model Cameron Russell’s amazing TEDTalk “Looks Aren’t Everything. Believe Me, I’m A Model” where she talked about how many unfair advantaged she’s gained in life because she’s a tall, thin, pretty white woman.
Being a model isn’t a career you earn or something you go to school for. In probably the most powerful moment of her talk, Russell says that she became a model because she won a “genetic lottery” — she didn’t earn it. Why go through life getting things you didn’t earn or work hard for? She got what she doesn’t deserve.
Beautiful people are always going to have the upper hand unfortunately, and I think looks absolutely matter. Looks can be positive. I don’t mean relative attractiveness, but the overall image package we project out into the world. These packages contain the stuff of our interests, likes, dreams, desires and personality traits. We all live in society, and that automatically requires us to have an image package, whether we want one or not.
Because if we don’t define ourselves, somebody else will.
But the takeaway from Russell’s talk is that we need to remember that the beautiful women in fashion ad campaigns are not people: they’re image constructions. There’s no need to hate your body because we are fed images and constructions of perfection that have been crafted and put together by stylists and creative directors and art departments and hair people and make up artists and photographers and digital enhancement teams.
Love yourself the way you are.