The TED Talks video I chose was by Cameron Russell and is called “Look’s Aren’t Everything. Believe Me, I’m a Model”. The reason I chose this one is because I have seen a lot of the other ones that were on the most popular TED Talks list, but also because it caught my attention since I haven’t seen a talk like that before on TED Talks.
“Looks Aren’t Everything. Believe Me, I’m a Model” made me kind of sad. Cameron pointed out that she gets a lot of free things in life just because of her looks. She has gotten out of speeding tickets and has even gotten free dresses because she got her wallet. On the flip side of that, some people are getting punished for their looks; like all of the non white people in New York who get searched when white people rarely do. It is really upsetting that that is the way our society works.
It is also sad that being a model is something most little girls dream of. It is a glorified job, that isn’t actually so awesome according to Cameron. People look at models as perfect bodies and lucky and would do anything to be like them. But, in reality, even models are insecure. Maybe even more so than your every day people because every single day they have to think about how they look. They have to let people fix their appearance with makeup and hairspray every day because the way they are naturally is almost not good enough.
This TED Talks is really powerful. It is so sad, but it has such a strong message. I think that this TED Talks should be shown to girls. Maybe by their parents, maybe when they get “the talk” in fifth or sixth grade. Either way, it should be shown. It really puts into perspective that no one is perfect and everyone has their flaws. Being a model isn’t all that great when there are so many other things you could be doing like going to college to make a difference in the world rather than be on the cover of a magazine. Just because you aren’t “model material” doesn’t mean you are less of a person. It doesn’t mean that you can’t accomplish great things and make a difference in the world and become known. Being a model shouldn’t be every girl’s dreams because there is more to life than your appearance.