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Alexis Montclaire

Posts: 211

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Cameron Russell (model for Vogue, Armani, etc) gives a 9ish minute talk on llamaing titled "Image is Powerful"

Thought provoking and interesting. Share your thoughts?

http://youtu.be/Re53vgaVFvI

Dec 13 12 12:38 pm Link

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Gianna Virginia

Posts: 178

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

I really enjoyed that. Although its a rather bleak look at the industry.

She was very frank, intelligent, and gave a great talk. I was amazed at how she showed her before and after shots of when she was a little girl and how they transformed her into a goddess by the production team. How fascinating was that? It looked nothing like her.

I think she's a soulful person who obvioiusly cares about people and wants to shed some light on what its like to be a model (what its really like) the good and the bad. I also hope, like her that the industry gets more diverse so as to include more a variety of ethnicities, varied heights, weights, and ages.

Dec 13 12 05:57 pm Link

Model

Alexis Montclaire

Posts: 211

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Im glad you enjoyed it!

I was pretty stunned by her realness, as well. The photos were just mindblowing,and really drove her points home.

Dec 13 12 06:25 pm Link

Photographer

Kawika Photography

Posts: 110

San Diego, California, US

Thanks for the link. TEDTalks are great.

Dec 13 12 07:27 pm Link

Photographer

Hero Foto

Posts: 878

Phoenix, Arizona, US

what I found interesting is that she spoke of only 677 runway models in total ... worldwide ...

Dec 14 12 07:18 am Link

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udor

Posts: 23401

New York, New York, US

Hero Foto wrote:
what I found interesting is that she spoke of only 677 runway models in total ... worldwide ...

No, I think that you misunderstood, she didn't say 677 runway models worldwide... The NYU Ph.D. student counted all the models... and I would be guessing that (NYU is in NYC) that he counted the models on the runway of NY Fashion Week and that number makes sense (I am a NYFW shooter).

Some of the models walking NYFW are indeed walking the other major shows as well, but the ratio of white vs. black/non-white models is accurate.

There are many more fashion shows and fashion weeks, but they don't have the importance of NY, Milan, Paris, London and Tokyo, but they have their "own" set of local runway models.

That said... runway modeling makes only about 2% of all modeling jobs in the fashion industry...

Dec 14 12 09:31 am Link

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udor

Posts: 23401

New York, New York, US

Gianna Virginia wrote:
I really enjoyed that. Although its a rather bleak look at the industry.

Yet, she absolutely speaks the truth... she does say that she enjoys all of it, yet she also says that she won a genetic lottery, including the color of her skin and her height.

Those are facts!

Those facts also are a little wake up call to the short llamas, who think that they will change the industry... it won't happen because of our genetic programming for one and those facts of reality of the industry that Cameron talked about.

Dec 14 12 09:35 am Link

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Hero Foto

Posts: 878

Phoenix, Arizona, US

udor wrote:
No, I think that you misunderstood, she didn't say 677 runway models worldwide... The NYU Ph.D. student counted all the models... and I would be guessing that (NYU is in NYC) that he counted the models on the runway of NY Fashion Week and that number makes sense (I am a NYFW shooter).

Some of the models walking NYFW are indeed walking the other major shows as well, but the ratio of white vs. black/non-white models is accurate.

There are many more fashion shows and fashion weeks, but they don't have the importance of NY, Milan, Paris, London and Tokyo, but they have their "own" set of local runway models.

That said... runway modeling makes only about 2% of all modeling jobs in the fashion industry...

thanks udor ... that makes more sense ...

Dec 14 12 09:40 am Link

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Mark Harris Photography

Posts: 526

Edison, New Jersey, US

Alexis Montclaire wrote:
I was pretty stunned by her realness, as well. The photos were just mindblowing,and really drove her points home.

I think the comparison shots of her in real life and her as a model, made at roughly the same time, are very telling. She makes the point that they are constructions, the work of a team of people of which she is only one. Thank you for posting this.

Dec 14 12 11:12 am Link

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BodyIndustry

Posts: 269

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Thanks for posting link.  I thought it was good to hear her perspective on the industry.

Dec 14 12 06:25 pm Link