Some models have a lot to say, but not a lot of them say stuff we care to listen to. Cameron Russell is a notable exception because when that girl shows up to a TED Talk, she delivers more truth than us
after a few black and whites when we celebrated Washington’s birthday.
French Vogue unveiled its April 2014 cover today, and we were pretty chuffed — understatement of the month — to come face-to-face with an incisive, articulate lady who can smolder for Mario Testino with a toothpick between her teeth and admit the one thing most professionally pretty people would never cop to on camera.
Emmanuelle Alt seems to recognize this duality in her letter from the editor, part of which was published on the publication’s website:
“Here comes the sun. Spring brightens the pages of Vogue Paris this month as fashion heads for South Beach Miami, where Mario Testino captured sun-kissed girls under the early summer sun, for the Miami Heat editorial. With their caramel skin, these are free, conquering women.”
In the same post:
“Cover girl Cameron Russell continues the commitment to challenging discrimination and promoting healthy body image that she started with her TED talk in 2012, turning to imagery to make her voice heard.”
The important point here is that the magazine gives her work top billing (“une covergirl très politique”), a sign that perhaps times are ch-ch-ch-changing gradually. Ever since the last miserable-looking, bland mannequin wobbled off into the early-aughties night, we’ve been witnessing the rise of models with personalities and passions, models who use their “stacked decks,” as Russell called it, to help others who aren’t quite so fortunate. To land French Vogue and to have attained it not only because of her looks is all the evidence we need to declare Cameron Russell the model of the future.