Model Cameron Russell gave a brief talk at TED in which she spoke very candidly about the world of modeling.
The basic point she makes is that we live in a world where image is powerful and considered to be everything, yet it is fundamentally superficial.
Her honesty is refreshing. And it’s the sort of reminder our culture in general needs, and porn addicts in particular need.
We make ourselves slaves to image when we indulge pornography and lust, and that means we make ourselves slaves to what is superficial. More to the point, we make ourselves slaves to things that are untrue, unattainable and offer nothing back to us because they are absolutely devoid of meaning and purpose.
Russell confesses that although she is a model, and a successful one, she is insecure.
For models, or porn performers or those who watch porn performers, the one common denominator is insecurity. We are insecure because of the emptiness of images. And it is the images we run to to deal with our insecurity. The whole industry of pornography thrives because of our common insecurity. Women seek love, acceptance and validation by performing and being desired. Men run to porn to deal with their deep insecurities about being a man.
Russell makes the point that all images of models in magazines and elsewhere are not images of people, really. The images are the products of teams of people manufacturing a particular look that they are trying to sell us.
Porn is all about the image, that’s what makes it superficial and empty. We need to learn not to buy the image.