Cameron Russell has found incredible success as an international supermodel, but it’s the victories she’s had off the runway as an environmentalist and advocate for social justice that bring her the most joy. Russell caught people’s attention in 2012 when she gave a Ted Talk called “Looks Aren’t Everything. Believe Me. I’m A Model.” that went viral and became one of the 10 most-watched ever. More recently, she’s supported the #MeToo movement, using her huge social media following to call out sexual harassment in the industry by sharing people’s stories and the hashtag #MyJobShouldNotIncludeAbuse and organizing fellow models through a collective known as the Model Mafia. She also speaks out about white privilege, climate change, and social justice.
In episode 6 of The Barneys Podcast, she sits down with host Cindi Leive to talk about all of the issues that motivate her to raise her voice, and it’s no surprise to learn that she’s been ambitious and outspoken since she was a little girl. “Since I was 4 years old, I thought I wanted to be president,” Russell tells Leive. “Then, when I started modeling, it revealed how power and money work in a way that isn’t fair. And that made me less interested in presidency.” Tune into this week’s episode for the inspiring and candid conversation.
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