Supermodel Cameron Russell on Her TED Talk, Interrupt Mag and Space-Made

Since beginning her modeling career at the age of 16, Cameron Russell has worked with numerous photographers including Steven Meisel, Craig McDean and Nick Knight​.​ She has graced the pages of various international editions of Vogue, W, Self Service and Numéro in addition to campaigns for Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Armani, Oscar de la Renta, and Yves Saint Laurent.

In October 2012, Cameron​,​ a Columbia University alumna​, gave a presentation at TEDx Mid-Atlantic. The talk would go on to become​ one of TED’s 20 most popular talks of all time. In addition to starting her own magazine, Interrupt, and grassroots organization Space-Made, Cameron continues to challenge perceptions and defy expectation.

Your TED talk was one of the 20 most popular TED talks of all time. What does this recognition mean to you?

On the one hand, I know that the very thing I was critiquing — mass media’s obsession with a narrow definition of beauty; skinny, youthful, white, and etc — was also responsible for my talk’s popularity. On the other hand, people email me and come up to me and talk about specific things I said. In those moments, when the talk seems to have inspired real thought, real feelings, in people, I feel confidence in my ability to be vulnerable, to tell stories, to teach, and to write.

You described Interrupt Mag as a “non-hierarchical, anti consumerist, inclusive fashion magazine for the (un)scene.” What do you want readers to get out of this?

Interrupt is an experiment! While we are making each issue, updating the site, editing and re-editing for print, we are always talking to our readers and editors and contributors about what they want media to be. That quote is our most recent declaration of our ideal media outlet. My dream for Interrupt was never to build the most successful magazine, but to constantly interrogate what a media platform is and then try to actually build it. For example, after the first two issues we decided Interrupt should have a rotating editor-in-chief (hence the “non-hierarchical”). Since then each issue has had a different person who curates and creates content.

Feminism has been in the zeitgeist for a number of years, yet of late it has suffered a backlash. What does feminism mean to you and what place does feminism have in 2015?

Feminism is a belief that if we root out gender inequality and find ways to improve women’s social, economic, and political freedom, the world will be better off, there will be less suffering and more happiness. I think in 2015 specifically feminism has served to organize lots of young people, especially online, and focus our conversations and even political action and protest.

The media doesn’t tell you what to think but it does tell you what to think about. What do you think about the role of mass media today, in particular the representations of women?

Women have less opportunity to contribute to conversations, because they are less likely to own media, be asked for their opinion regardless of their qualifications, be published or be given the chance to tell their story.” – Women Action Media

We need to fix that!

I admire your fearlessness in your pursuit of the truth. It would be easy to rest on your laurels yet you have advocated for women and groups that are marginalized. Why is this advocacy important to you?

I think my generation has to be the activist generation. Not because we are particularly different from any other generation, but because our time demands it. We have to face climate change, and I don’t think our leaders will do the work for us.

Tell us about the genesis of Space-Made and how you plan to evolve the community.

When I started Space-Made I was really inspired by the social justice work I saw artists doing all over New York. I wanted to support, connect, and collaborate with artist activists. I’m not sure exactly what will happen next, but the collaborations and relationships that have come out of the network are really exciting to see. Because social media is being used to organize large groups of people I think media makers who want to get involved are at a really exciting moment. If you can communicate an emotion or message that works millions may regram, repost and respond to it.

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Introducing Eian Scully

Eian Scully has graced the pages of Hercules, Interview, Haute Living, and Vogue Spain. Eian can also be seen in the latest campaign for 2(x)ist and recently completed a 10-page spread for Instinct.

How were you discovered?

I was discovered playing hacky sack in a park in Montreal.

What had you been planning to do before you started modeling?

I was planning on going into the fitness industry because I love anything athletic and really enjoy natural food and preparing it.

What expectations did you have for your career before you started?

As a 17-year-old right out of high school who had never traveled, I really just wanted to experience new cultures and see the world. 

What was the hardest thing to get used to with modeling?

I would have to say the hardest thing was getting used to the inconsistency. Some weeks and months are very busy and others are not.

Did you think about your longevity as a model when you started?

I really did not know where it was going to go, so no I did not think of the longevity as a model when I started.

What was your most memorable modeling job?

I would have to say the most memorable job I did was the 2(x)ist campaign. I put in a lot of hard work and was in the best shape of my life. I flew to LA for the first time and had a blast with the crew on set.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned about the industry?

The most surprising thing I learned about the industry is how much work goes on behind the scenes that no one outside the industry knows about and how much passion everyone has for their jobs.

Have you thought about what you want to do after you finish modeling?

I’d like to go into the fitness industry and pass on all I have learned in the last 10 years.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

That I’m a huge hippie and I love yoga and tea.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life

Follow him at @EianScully

Hannah Ferguson – Babe Watch

Hannah Ferguson hails from a small town in rural Texas. You might recognize her as a Sports Illustrated rookie or from her spot in those Carl’s Junior ads, but wherever you have seen her before get ready to see plenty more of her. Hannah spoke to me about growing up in a strict military family, adjusting to life in New York and why you won’t find her spending her down time at the mall.

Tell us how you got started in modeling.

After I graduated from high school I participated in a model search that summer, held by the Kim Dawson Agency in Dallas. I ended up winning and immediately moved to Dallas and started modeling.

Growing up in rural Texas how did you adjust to life in New York?

My transition from life in Texas to life in New York was such a huge move for me. Where I’m from is completely the opposite from the city. I was lucky enough to live with two of my sisters for the first few years which definitely made my life a lot easier. As with a lot of things, it just took time to get used to the lifestyle.

Both of your parents are Marines. How did your upbringing influence your approach to modeling?

My parents instilled in me the importance of being a hard worker. If you want something you have to work for it.  Their support and those two factors played a big part in where I am today.

How did you feel when you were selected as one of Sports Illustrated’s rookies?

I was in utter shock and completely excited. It was a dream come true. I have been so blessed by this life changing opportunity. I couldn’t be more grateful.

What has the response been from your friends and family to your success?

I think some people are shocked given where I went to school and grew up, but everyone has been so supportive, encouraging and happy for me.

What do you hope to get out of your career?

I want to have longevity in my career and just continue to advance. I have new goals that I have set for myself and hope to be successful in reaching them.

If you weren’t modeling, what would you be doing?

I would have either taken the steps to open my own barber shop or become a pre-k/kindergarten teacher.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I hate shopping and I only go into a clothing store if there’s something I need.

What are your short-term and long-term goals?

My short-term goals are to continue to work hard and be successful so that when I become a mother and wife I can still continue to model. Ultimately, I like the idea of having a business of some sort.

Follow her at @TheHannahFerg 

2014: The Year In Review

Two thousand and fourteen hailed a triumphant return for models as their presence dominated the covers of magazines and many of them became social media stars. Interviews with industry veterans Haylynn Cohen, Shirley Mallman, Agyness Deyn, Danielle ZClaudia Mason, Liisa Winkler, Lisa Cant, Jade Parfitt, Michelle Alves, Anne VMini AndenNathan Bogle and Scott Barnhill featured heavily. While the world was introduced to Bart Grzbowski, Leebo Freeman, Morris Pendlebury, Justin Hopwood, Dan Murphy, Dorian Reeves, Cory Bond, Toby Sandeman and Ataui Deng all of whom are making their mark in the fashion industry.  

We gained a behind the scenes look with Soul Artist Management founder Jason Kanner, Casting Director Andrew Broz, Trump Model Manager Gabriel Ruas Santos-Rocha and boutique talent agency The Lions. It was a great year for artists too as illustrator Justin Teodoro, photographer Conor ClinchDJ Jason Eldredge and founder of Hello Mr. magazine Ryan Fitzgibbon emerged as ones to watch. Hairstylist Rhett O’Donnell and colorist Christopher John shared their tips with us while personal trainer Justin Gelband and Pilates instructor Gretchen Johnson talked about the importance of the mind and body connection.

I would like to thank everyone for their unwavering support and belief in my vision. This wouldn’t be possible without each and every one of you.

Anne V Uses Social Media To Give Back

Power house talent agency The Lions NY has a roster of models that not only dominate the runways and campaigns for blue-chip clients but have a notable social media presence that many of their models utilize to create awareness for charities.

The Lions’ approach to managing their talent is unique in an industry that has grappled to adjust to an increasingly dominant social media presence. The public use Instagram and Twitter to keep up-to-date with their favorite models making them more accessible, thus relatable.

Supermodel Anne V partnered with brands Alex and Ani, Solid and Striped and DL 1961 in her latest charitable campaign Gratitude Season. A portion of the sales go to charities she supports, Every Mother Counts and One Campaign.

I have been blessed with amazing experiences for which I am extremely grateful,” says Anne. “I believe that giving back and sharing our blessings with others is what makes the world go around.”

According to a recent article she wrote about World AIDS Day for YahooStyle, Anne realized early in her life that opportunities for women were limited. It wasn’t until her international modeling career took off that she was able to use her status as a platform to empower those less fortunate.

With the support of The Lions, Anne is fulfilling her desire to help others by using social media to draw awareness toward causes that are close to her heart.

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