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Beauty Is in the Lies of the Beholder

My Life as a Model: Choosing Not to Objectify Myself

Summer Rayne Oakes | Posted 07.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Summer Rayne Oakes

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhat seems to be an impenetrable and immutable industry actually isn't. Granted that changing mindsets might be hard -- and you might have to strip down to your bra and panties for the occasion -- but character, confidence and fortitude always shine through.

The 'Dumb Blonde'

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | Posted 07.13.2013 | TED Weekends
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton

The experience and consequences of being subjected to a stereotype of low intellectual ability -- be it because one is blonde or one is black -- are remarkably similar across these different stereotypes.

"I'm A Pretty White Woman"

Vanessa Van Edwards | Posted 05.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Vanessa Van Edwards

Russell's point that beauty isn't everything is well taken, but maybe that's not the only idea that's limiting us. The act of segregating people into labels based on looks could be a far more dangerous issue.

The Dark Side Of Gay Dating Apps

Carl Sandler | Posted 05.10.2013 | TED Weekends
Carl Sandler

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIn our world, it's not just models who are expected to rip off their clothes and expose themselves to the gaze of everyone within eyeshot. It's all of us -- even those of us who are, well, not quite lottery winners.

Underneath The Surface of 'Looks Aren't Everything'

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 05.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgLike Russell, I am one of those who benefited from the genetic lottery; first as a professional dancer and then as a Wilhelmina model. For both, I relied on the fortune of good genes. Like Russell, I felt ambivalent about "cashing out" on being "a pretty white girl," but it's what I did.

Beauty And Biblical Plagues

Donna Highfill | Posted 05.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Donna Highfill

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgFad beauty can be everything from Rubenesque voluptuousness to elongated necks. It can include tattooed eyelids or lotus feet. What is overlooked is that fad beauty is often created by masochists who establish control over others by making them believe that they are never enough.

WATCH: What You Didn't Know About The Modeling Industry

Cameron Russell | Posted 05.10.2013 | TED Weekends
Cameron Russell

2013-05-09-russellpullWomen are often worried about how they look and that's not superficial. We know that our appearance has nothing to do with how smart, creative, or hardworking we are, but it plays powerfully into what society decides we are worth.

Let's Put an Underwear Model in the White House: The Beautiful Are More Than Disposable Bodies

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 05.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Sheila Moeschen

I should have been stuck on his political positions, but instead I was stuck on his abs, which had no place on the campaign trail. At the time, I did not know why I felt so antagonistic toward a job Brown accepted when he was a twenty-something student struggling to make ends meet like everyone else.