Vocabulary - TED talk by Cameron Russell:
“Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model."

Cameron Russell (born June 14, 1987) is an American fashion model. She has stomped the runways for many famous fashion brands and has appeared in a number of magazines. But she is much more than just a pretty face. In this talk, she shares with us how she sees the fashion industry.
Familiarize yourself with the following notes on cultural information and vocabulary and then watch the video.


  Familiarize yourself with the following notes on cultural information and vocabulary and then watch the video.
  1. scout - make a search for someone or something in various places
  2. lottery – a form of gambling 
  3. legacy - an amount of money or property left to someone in a will
  4. cash out - a direct cash payment or a cash profit
  5. skeptical - doubting that something is true or useful
  6. fashionista - someone who works in or writes about the fashion industry
  7. Naomi, Tyra, Joan Smalls, Liu Wen – famous fashion models
  8. cardiothoracic surgeon - a doctor who is specialized in surgical techniques used to treat disorders afflicting the heart, lungs, esophagus, and blood vessels in the upper torso
  9. Steven Meisel – a famous American fashion photographer
  10. Powerball - an American lottery game
  11. a slumber party – also known as a pajama party or a sleepover, is a party most commonly held by children or teenagers, where a guest or guests are invited to stay overnight at the home of a friend
  12. period -  monthly menstruation
  13. frisk - to use your hands to search someone's body when they are wearing clothes to see if they are hiding illegal objects or weapons
  14. Latino - a person from Latin America, and a person of Latin origin who lives in the US

A. Vocabulary
Complete the following sentences with the words provided in the box below. Use the appropriate form of the words to make your choice grammatically correct.

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B. Words for comparison
Select the correct answer to complete each of the following sentences.

Example: ‘If I have [thiner /thinner] thighs and [shinier/more shiny] hair, will I be [more happy/ happier]?’ you just need to meet a group of models, because they have [the thinnest/ thinnest] thighs and [more shinier/ the shiniest] hair and [the most cool/ the coolest] clothes, and they're [the most/more] physically insecure women probably on the planet.

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