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Cameron Russell, Model, Feels Guilty For Winning 'Genetic Lottery,' Still Models (VIDEO)


Cameron Russell caused quite the stir last year when she gave a pretty brutal Ted Talk, denouncing fashion industry standards and saying modeling was not a "career path."

The quick-witted beauty is back again, this time on ABC's "Nightline." Five months after her infamous talk, Russell stands by her sentiments that she's in her successful position because she's a young, thin white female.

"It requires a genetic lottery win," she says. "It's just a lot of luck."

The segment goes on to say that Russell "eats whatever she wants" and "only exercises for fun" to back up the model's claim that one doesn't have to work hard to break into the industry. "I'm not promoting anything unhealthy because I'm not unhealthy, but I am promoting an ideal that's maybe not attainable. For that I have to feel guilty, and I have to assume some blame for that," she says.

One might wonder: Why does Russell keep modeling? Since her Ted Talk, we've seen the 25-year-old use her good looks to shill Givenchy fragrances and show off the latest fashions in Vogue, yet here she is again talking about the negative effects of the fashion world and the type of beauty it promotes.

So would she ever consider giving it all up? "No, I don't think fashion is evil," she says. "I hope the benefits outweigh the costs." Obviously, the concept of turning on the industry altogether is easier said than done.

We definitely have to agree with Russell about the fact that the current standards of beauty are troublesome, to say the least. But at what point does one lose credibility? Can you cash in from the very same standards you call into question?

Watch Cameron Russell's latest interview below and tell us what you think.


2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Cameron Russell

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