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April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An Evening with Cameron Russell

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Date:
April 16
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue

Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Phone:
305.442.4408

“In an image-obsessed era that reduces women to—or encourages us to reduce ourselves to—our bodies, Russell offers young women, especially, a way through.”—Peggy Orenstein, New York Times bestselling author of Girls & Sex


Books & Books presents

An Evening with Cameron Russell

in conversation with

Becca McCharen

discussing

How to Make Herself Agreeable to Everyone

(Random House $28.00)

Tuesday, April 16, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables

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Books & Books invites you to join us for an evening with Cameron Russell, who will be presenting her new memoir: How to Make Herself Agreeable to Everyone (Random House $28.00). She will be in conversation with interdisciplinary artist and fashion designer, Becca McCharen.

From the model and activist who helped organize the movement to bring equity to the fashion industry, How to Make Herself Agreeable to Everyone explores who holds the power in an image-obsessed culture.

***This event will take place at the Books & Books in Coral Gables at 265 Aragon Ave.***


About the Book:

Now I measure the distance from model to president. You can see it in pictures. It’s the distance between Trump’s hand and the small of a teenage model’s back. It’s Marilyn Monroe’s breasts to JFK’s jaw as he leans in to speak in the only photo that exists of the two.

Scouted by a modeling agent when she was just sixteen years old, Cameron Russell first approached her job with some reservations: she was a serious student with her sights set on college—not the runway. But it was a job, and modeling seemed to offer young women like herself unprecedented access to wealth, fame, and influence. Besides, as she was often reminded, “there are a million girls in line” who would eagerly replace her.

In her fierce and innovative memoir, Russell chronicles how she learned to navigate the dizzying space between physical appearance and interiority, and making money in an often-exploitative system. Being “agreeable,” she found, led to more success: more bookings, more opportunities to work with the world’s top photographers and biggest brands.

But as her prominence grew, Russell found that achievement under these conditions was deeply isolating and ultimately unsatisfying. Instead of freedom, she was often required to perform the role of compliant femme fatale. So she began organizing with her peers, helping to coordinate movements for labor rights, climate and racial justice, and bringing MeToo to the fashion industry.

Intimate and illuminating, How to Make Herself Agreeable to Everyone is a nuanced, deeply felt work about beauty, complicity, and the fight for a better world.


About the Author:

Cameron Russell has spent the last twenty years working as a model for clients including Prada, Calvin Klein, Victoria’s Secret, H&M, Vogue and Elle. With over 40 million views, she gave one of the top ten most popular TED talks on the power of image. She is the co-founder of Model Mafia, a collective of hundreds of fashion models striving for a more equitable, just, and sustainable industry, and was the force behind campaigns including #MyJobShouldNotIncludeAbuse which brought the #MeToo movement to fashion. She continues organizing, consulting, and speaking, working to transform extractive supply chains and center climate justice. She lives in New York with her family.

About the Moderator:

Becca McCharen (they/she) is an interdisciplinary artist, fashion designer and founder of the inclusive fashion label Chromat. Their work creatively reimagines sustainable futures, climate optimism and celebrates the body as a site for collective social action and personal autonomy. She studied at the University of Virginia School of Architecture and is based in Miami, FL.

McCharen was awarded the Smithsonian National Design Award in 2021 and was recognized by Forbes 30 under 30 “People Who Are Reinventing the World.” Her work has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue and Elle. Collaborations include Beyonce, Intel, Disney, Reebok, MAC and MIT. They gave a TED Talk on inclusive design, and have spoken at SXSW, Harvard, Parsons, MIT, CFDA, Pratt and the Fashion Institute of Technology. McCharen curated ‘Queer Joy’ at the MoMA PS1 and her work was recently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.