May 282015

The TED talk I watched today by Cameron Russell is called “Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model” was inspirational to me. Russell’s main message is telling people that your shape and size doesn’t have anything to do with who they are. She also criticizes the commonly held belief that if you’re skinny, your pretty. And, if you’re fat, you’re ugly. In 2007, out of the 677 models that were hired, less than 4% were non white. Image is powerful because women are beginning judged by how they look. Image is superficial because the person’s looks don’t represent their personality. 53% of 13-year-old American girls are unhappy with their body and this number grows to 78% by the time they are 17. I choose this TED talk because when I was in grade 3 and 4 I was bullied because people thought I was fat and I wasn’t pretty so I was really insecure about myself. Now I’m in grade 7 and I’m still getting bullied about my size, but when I watched this video I realized I don’t have to be insecure and I can be myself.