Cameron Russell

Hello, I’m
Cameron Russell

For the last decade I've worked as a model for clients like Prada, Calvin Klein, Vogue and Elle. In 2012, after completing an honors thesis for Columbia University’s political science department about grassroots public art and political power, I became convinced that grassroots artists and media makers are powerful agents of change.  I use my unique background to bring alternative content and culture to the mainstream. As a writer, producer, and engagement strategist I find creative ways to bring together art, fashion, social media, and activism.

I’ve produced video content on topics ranging from  climate change  to  race  and gender equity, and I gave one of the top twenty most popular TED talks of all time on  the power of image . You can find me writing about climate changepublic art and political powermodeling , and more. 

In 2013, I founded Space-Made, an artist collective based in Brooklyn. We tried to create the space and support needed for grassroots artists to speak and work as experts and problem-solvers, work only they can do. 

Throughout 2013-14 I edited and published Interrupt Mag, an experiment in community storytelling, with a focus on youth marginalized and misrepresented by mainstream media. We stopped publishing articles in Oct 2014. Our readership hovered around 400,000. (Check out this  girls & body-image photo series  and  this guide  to appropriation vs. appreciation.)

I'm an advisor to:  HollabackDesign Studio for Social InterventionBitch MagazineArt & Abolition , and UN advocate for the Women & Trade Programme at the  ITC .