New York Fashion Week starts tomorrow. And while it’s really exciting to watch the shows on YouTube, and catch behind-the-scenes Vine and Instagram pics from Jordan Dunn and Karlie Kloss and maybe even fantasize about growing up to be a model, it’s also good to remember that most of the images we see are super manufactured and crazy hard to match without a team of stylists, hair and makeup artists and retouchers. (And that pretty much none of us are gonna grow up to be models.)

Luckily, Cameron Russell is here to help us keep perspective. The Victoria’s Secret and fashion model offers the perfect pre-fashion week palate cleanser via her TED MidAtlantic talk from earlier this year by talking a little about how the industry really works. As part of her talk on image, privilege and demystifying modeling, she makes some pretty surprising confessions. She also shows runway to realway side-by-side pics of the real Cameron Russell (who looks very pretty, but relatable) vs. the glossy, fashion mag Cameron Russell (which looks beyond sexy). Some of these comparisons show the two Cameron’s on the same day and are baffling in their differences.

Check out Cameron’s 10-minute talk on the perks and pains of winning the genetic lottery, below. (And while soaking up all the incredible fashion images from NYFW this year, join us in skipping the body comparisons and looking to the clothes, hair and makeup looks for style inspiration instead.)

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