This is likely the most amazing TED Talk on beauty, image, and privilege that I’ve heard in a long time.
“The thing that I have never said on camera is that I am insecure, because I have to think about what I look like every day. If you ever are wondering if I have thinner thighs and shinier hair, will I be happier, you just need to meet a group of models, because they have the thinnest thighs and the shiniest hair and the coolest clothes, and they are likely the most physically insecure women on the planet.”
“Image is powerful & superficial. There’s very little we can do to transform how we look, yet it has a huge impact on our lives. A pretty, white woman = a sexy girl. < 4% of all models are non-white.”
“I won a genetic lottery, and the recipient of a legacy. For the past few centuries, we have defined beauty not as just health, youth, and symmetry, which we’re all programmed to appreciate, but also as tall, slender, figures, femininity, white-skin. I’ve been able to cash in on this.”
“These pictures are not pictures of me, they are constructions by professionals.”
“The free stuff I get in real life is the stuff we don’t like to talk about… because of how I look and not who I am. There are people paying a cost for how they look and not who they are. 86% of the people frisked in New York are young black and Latino men… of the 13 year-old girls in the U.S., 53% don’t like their bodies. That number goes to 78% by the time they’re 17.”