Cameron Russell, born June 14th, 1987 in Boston, Massachusetts is an American fashion model, but that does not accurately define or describe her. Although she was born in Boston, she grew up in Cambridge. She briefly attended Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, her mother's alma mater, before transferring to Columbia University after her freshman year. She majored in economics and political science. Russell displayed an interest in politics at an early age, and friends who had worked on the Clinton Presidential election campaign arranged a meeting on June 5th, 1998 when she was 10, with Bill Clinton after he delivered a speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His advice to her was to stay in school, get to know as many different types of people as she could, and to understand their dreams and aspirations. She graduated from the Commonwealth School in 2005. Her mother is Robin Chase, founder of Zipcar, and she had a friend who worked at Ford Models agency, and Russell decided to sign with that agency in 2003. She later moved on to DNA Model Management in 2006, switched to Women Management in 2008, and then moved to Elite Model Management in 2011. Since beginning her modeling career part-time at the age of 16, Russell has worked with numerous successful photographers including Steven Meisel, Craig McDean, and Nick Knight among others, in such magazines as American, French, Italian, Spanish, German and Japanese Vogue, W, Self Service and Numéro.
She has been featured in advertising campaigns for companies including Ann Taylor, Benetton, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Armani, Oscar de la Renta, and Yves Saint Laurent. Cameron Russell has spent the last decade modeling. A Victoria's Secret favorite, she has appeared in multiple international editions of Vogue as well as in ads for brands like Ralph Lauren and Benetton. But she feels at her core that image isn't everything. Cameron runs the blog ArtRoots.info, which is dedicated to covering grassroots public art and political power. She also experiments with creating street art herself. In addition, Cameron is the director of The Big Bad Lab, which creates participatory art that aims to include people in radical demonstrations of positive social change. Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she's tall, pretty and a sexy underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. In the fearless talk in the video at the bottom of the page, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her portraying a highly seductive image at barely 16 years of age. She has walked the runways for Victoria's Secret and Chanel, and has appeared in numerous magazines. But she is much more than just a pretty face.
According to Russell: "Saying that you want to be a model when you grow up is akin to saying that you want to win the Powerball when you grow up. It's out of your control and it's awesome — but it's not a career path.”
Discovered while vacationing in Maine, Russell signed with Ford Models in 2004 and debuted at the fall Prada and Fendi shows in Milan. In the same year she appeared in a Teen Vogue editorial and appeared on her first cover for French Revue de Modes. She was the face of the Jill Stuart fall ad campaign, appeared in the Oscar de la Renta spring ad campaign, appeared in the CK Jeans spring ad campaign and was in an Italian Vogue editorial, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier in June of 2005. In that same year she appeared in her first American Vogue editorial, was photographed by Mario Sorrenti for a Vogue editorial and signed a cosmetics contract with Yves Saint Laurent. The following year in 2006 she appeared on the cover of British Harper’s Bazaar and left Ford Models to sign with DNA Management. She was featured in a Models.com Story in April 2006 and went on to appear on the cover of Italian Marie Claire, became the face of Giorgio Armani cosmetics, shot an H&M spring ad campaign, a Lacoste spring ad campaign and was featured in the the Vogue August edition. Also in 2006 she was photographed by Anthony Ward for Harper’s Bazaar, modeled for Barneys Co-Op fall catalog, was the face of Armani Jeans fall ad campaign and appeared in Salvatore Ferragamo fall ad campaign as well as being on the cover of British Harper’s Bazaar photographed by Satoshi Saikusa. In February 2007 she was photographed by Alexei Hay for Flair, became the face of a John Frieda Video and after a year long absence on the runways, she returned in the spring Oscar de la Renta and Ralph Lauren shows in New York.
During 2008 Steven Meisel photographed Russell for the Belstaff spring ad campaign and walked the runway for the fall Bill Blass, Derek Lam, Zac Posen, and Giles shows in both New York and London. In April of that same year she appeared in an i-D editorial wearing a bright red wig and appeared in a Japanese Vogue editorial photographed by Miguel Reveriego. In the fall of 2008 Russell left DNA Management in New York, and signed with Women Management. In 2009 she signs a fragrance contract with Calvin Klein One, is photographed by Steven Meisel for Pepe Jeans and appeared in an Allure editorial, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier. In 2009 Terry Richardson photographs Russell for the winter cover of H&M Magazine.
January of 2010 found Russell appearing in a Japanese Vogue editorial, photographed by Solve Sundsbo, in February she is featured on the cover of French Elle, photographed by Tesh. March 2010 finds her closing the fall Paul & Joe show in Paris, featured on the cover of German Vogue, photographed by Greg Kadel in June, and walking the runway for the spring Ohne Titel, Giles, Balmain, Isabel Marant, and Loewe shows in New York and Paris. During October 2010 she appears in a Numero editorial, photographed by Ben Hassett and in November appears in an Allure editorial, photographed by Michael Thompson. In March 2011 Russell appeared in a Vogue editorial, photographed by Craig McDean and in August appeared in an Allure editorial, photographed by Michael Thompson. April 2012 found Russell appearing in a Spanish Vogue editorial, photographed by Greg Kadel, gracing the pages in a German Vogue editorial, photographed by Michelangelo di Battista and modeling for the Tod’s fall ad campaign.
Aside from walking fashion runways and doing photo sessions with some of the best photographers in the world, Russell started the Big Bad Lab. Big Bad Lab is run by a team of five women. The Lab was founded to build platforms that expand and experiment with new spaces of power. Their areas of study include collaborative networks, street art, cell phones, handcuffs, and jump rope. They are dedicated to including people in radical demonstrations of positive social change. The projects they create are provocative, elegant, and well researched. Another project that Cameron devotes time to is ArtRoots which is a blog she started to share everything she learns while researching her thesis on grassroots public art. How is it made? What impact does it have? Can it be an effective tool for positive economic and social change? How can communities encourage and support the creation of good public art projects? Watch her speak about some of the myths of being a top model at TED. On TED.com, they make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 1400 TED Talks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, so they can be freely shared and reposted. See Cameron speak in the video below or on the TED website by clicking here
Two annual TED conferences, in Long Beach/Palm Springs and Edinburgh, Scotland, bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less). See Cameron Russell at TED where they bring together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design.
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There are two annual TED conferences in Long Beach/Palm Springs and in Edinburgh, Scotland that bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. See Cameron Russell at TED where they bring together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design.
Using public art as an effective tool for positive economic and social change. How our communities can encourage and support the creation of good public art projects. See this project by Cameron Russell at Art Roots
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Big Bad Lab is run by a team of five women including Cameron Russell. Their idea is to build platforms that expand and experiment with new spaces of power. Their areas of study include collaborative networks, street art, cell phones, handcuffs, and jump rope. They are dedicated to integrating people in radical demonstrations for positive social change. The projects they create are always provocative, elegant and well researched.. See this project by Cameron Russell at Big Bad Lab