Victoria's Secret Model Condemns World's Beauty Obsession

Cameron Russell continues her criticisms of the fashion industry after controversial speech.
4:06 | 02/19/13

Coming up in the next {{countdown}} {{countdownlbl}}

Coming up next:

{{nextVideo.title}}

{{nextVideo.description}}

Skip to this video now

Now Playing:

{{currentVideo.title}}

More information on this video
Enhanced full screen
Explore related content
Comments
Related Extras
Related Videos
Video Transcript
Transcript for Victoria's Secret Model Condemns World's Beauty Obsession
victoria's secret model, cameron russell, who has made headlines for a dramatic speech, we vealing show she reallyls about her looks and speaking out against the modeling industry. She spoke to "gma" all about it. Take a look. She has the face of a cover girl. And the body of an angel. To many, supermodel cameron russell, is the ideal woman. But there is one person who is not particularly impressed. I am worried that I'm on a pedestal for looking this way. Reporter: Russell herself. I think part of the reason I'm a model is I won this genetic lottery. It's all about can you show up with a 23-inch waist? And it doesn't matter if you work hard. Reporter: The 25-year-old ivy league graduate, sitting down with "gma," to explain her beef with the fashion industry. And what she calls this unhealthy obsession with beauty. Something she made clear during a controversial speech at the technology entertainment design conference in washington, d.C., late last year. Image is powerful. But also, image is superficial. Video ofimpassioned speech has been viewed more than 1 million times online. And russell says, she hopes her younger fans are listening. A lot of young girls come up and tell me they want to be models. It's not like a real career path. And it's not a great aspiration. You should be thinking, I want to be an engineer. I want to be a politician. I want to be a ceo. Reporter: But not all agree that supermodels can't be role models, as well take cynthia bailey. It's individual. Myself certapersonally, I knew i wanted to empower young girls and just pay it forward with the younger generation coming up. Reporter: As for russell, she says she's grateful for all the opportunities modeling has afforded her. But she insists, she would rather be a model citizen, instead. I'm interested in campaign finance reform and climate change. Got to say, pretty impressive. We're joined by author and sexologist, dr. Logan. She says this is a narrow look at women. Why is this controversial? I'm madly in love with cameron russell. In this day and age, when you have privilege, you should use it to pay it forward and do good. That's what she's doing. She's calling out something that's unpopular to say, that she won a genetic lottery. And she did. But she's owning up to it and saying, don't be like me. Not everyone can long like that. We can all try to look as good as we can. She was born with that look. Not everyone can duplicate it. Does this hurt her modeling career? I don't think it will. Maybe what she should -- modeling careers is short to begin with. Maybe she empowers girls with another way. Maybe she's at an opportunity to campaigns that are more diverse. I think she has a long career ahead of her not only in modeling. And ivy league, she has the brains to go along with the beauty. What does this say to young girls today? What do you hope it says? I hope it says that beauty is not measured by what's outside. It's the things that make us different that are special and beautiful. And girls can love princesses and models. But in our home, princesses have careers. And brains and bodies are important for what they can do and be. Not because of what they look like. If she follows through, it sends a fantastic message. What's on the inside makes her more beautiful. Right. She's the whole package. You can't stop a little girl from wanting to be a princess. They just kind of come out that way. But you can take them to the next step of maybe wanting to be a president, like a princess. You know what I mean? A bio engineer. Exactly. Going to school. And she's a big inspiration for that. Love it. Thank you so much, logan levkoff. Thank you. It is a big night for

This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.

{"id":18536042,"title":"Victoria's Secret Model Condemns World's Beauty Obsession","duration":"4:06","description":"Cameron Russell continues her criticisms of the fashion industry after controversial speech.","section":"GMA","mediaType":"Default"}