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I recently watched a YouTube video that stuck with me. A model named Cameron Russell spoke about the superficial side of the modeling world. Cameron Russell talks about the negative side of business modeling that Elizabeth Wissinger talks about in her article “Modeling Consumption”. Wissinger pointed out how models are selling us a lifestyle. Their job is far beyond just the catwalk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM4Xe6Dlp0Y

Cameron has been a model for ten years now. She came on in a skinny black dress and introduced herself as a model. She pointed out that immediately people stereotyped her in the audience. I have to say that even I felt like she looked like a typical model. She then changed into a longer skirt and she took off her heels and put a sweater on. She then showed a picture of herself with a guy. She explained how uncomfortable she was in that photo and how that was really her first close experience with a guy. Is a pretty white girl really what’s considered sexy today? Cameron won the genetic lottery. She has been cashing out on her luck. Why does every girl want to become a model, when young girls can aspire to be anything they want? Cameron pointed out that once you become a model, most of the time you end up limiting yourself to other careers. The modeling world is all about business. Cameron says that every photo is a construction, not a photo of a real person. Just like Wissinger pointed out, that a models whole entire lifestyle is a construction.

Cameron lived a very different lifestyle where she would get things for free. She received a dress for free if she didn’t have money and she even got out of driving tickets. Can modeling really make you a happier and better person? And yes even Cameron Russell lives an insecure life everyday. Image is superficial.

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Foran Article: “ How to Design a City for Women”

 

Clare Foran’s article “ How to Design a City for Women” discusses the environmental needs of women. The project began in 1999 in Vienna, Austria when a survey was taken on how men and women use public transportation. Since the early 1990’s gender mainstreaming has been important to keep equality between men and women in Austria. This concept has played a big part in urban planning. Housing was created to make life easier for women. This was all a major investment in women.

The article highlighted something far beyond just building parks. Investing in women is crucial within every community. Women when given the right tools invest in their communities. Woman Investing in Women was founded in 2011 by Ms. Anu Bhardwaj. This is a branded coalition and social movement. Creating access to capital and supporting economic empowerment for women and girls. “The activities range from advocacy for global women’s issues, access to capital seminars for women entrepreneurs, and to increasing the number of women on corporate boards and in the global private equity industry”. Here is the website: http://womeninvesting.in/our-mission/. I also found another amazing article on empowering women. I would also like to share this article on investing in women: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/valerie-jarrett/investing-in-women-and-gi_1_b_3996392.html. Are women a crucial part of our communities? When given the right tools do women give back? How important is a global economic revolution like Women Investing in Women to our society? Do you think that investing in women is investing in our future?