Feb, 2014

The dance cast of the Carnival Dream raised $1,914.84 in additional onboard funds toward helping the families of fellow crew members affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Long before the Typhoon had hit, during a bootcamp session, the cast had joked that by six months–the length of their contract–they would be able to do 1000 push ups for charity.

They gave playful idea serious attention after the Typhoon. They trained for six weeks to accomplish the feat of performing 100 push ups in an effort to raise funds for the tragedy.

Bonus: Blooper Reel

May, 2013

Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she’s tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don’t judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16-years-old.

0:40 – The first outfit change ever on the TED stage!
1:50 – Russell transforms our perception of what we think of her.
2:41 – The truth about how girls become models.
3:11 – Russell shines a light on the the deficiency of non-white models.
3:52 – She asks why do girls even want to be models?
4:32 – The reality of a girls’ likelihood of ever becoming a model.
5:27 – Models don’t have a voice and aren’t taking seriously in society. They are to be seen and not heard.
5:52 – Side by side images effectively demonstrates how the modeling industry sexualizes young girls and women in general.
6:44 – Russell acknowledges her privilege.
7:00 – The cost people pay who exist outside of her privilege.
7:30 – How young girls feel about their bodies.
8:03 – Russell admits something she has never said on camera until now.

ORIGINAL by Cameron Russell in a talk on the TED stage. [via The Huffington Post]

More info about Cameron Russell:

Twitter: @CameronCRussell
Agency: Elite
Blog: ArtRoots
Website: Big Bad Lab