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January 9th, 2013
09:50 AM ET

Victoria’s Secret Model Cameron Russell's message to young girls who want to be models: 'it's not a career path'

Should young girls want to be models? One supermodel answered that question and her response went viral with over 90,000 views on YouTube.

Cameron Russell is a beautiful 25-year-old Victoria's Secret model who has traveled the globe walking in major high fashion runways and appearing in international fashion magazines. She's also an economics and political science major from Columbia University who delivered a frank TED Talk saying young girls should not aspire to be models.

Russell said, “…People always ask me is, ‘Can I be a model when I grow up?’ And the first answer is, ‘I don't know, they don't put me in charge of that.’ But the second answer, and what I really want to say is, ‘Why? You know, you can be anything.’”

She continued; “Saying that you want to be a model when you grow up is akin to saying that you want to win the Powerball. It's out of your control. And it's awesome. And it's not a career path.” Russell went on to break down what she sees as the biggest problems with modeling. Cameron Russell comes to “Starting Point” this morning to tell us why she said what she said.

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April 24th, 2012
09:38 AM ET

Mining asteroids for water and platinum? Planetary Resources co-founders Peter Diamandis and Eric Anderson say it can be a reality soon

Imagine a mission to dock with an asteroid to extract water and platinum. Might sound more like the 1998 blockbuster "Armageddon," but if one company has it's way it will be reality very soon.

Today, a new company called "Planetary Resources" is announcing it will do just that. The plan: To look for water and precious metals like platinum. They've already got big cash backing from the likes of Google and director James Cameron.

Planetary Resources co-founders Peter Diamandis and Eric Anderson explain to Soledad this morning on "Starting Point" that it's possible to do this in an inexpensive way.

"More than ever before, you can build very small, very capable, low-cost robotic spacecraft that can go out to near-Earth asteroids," Diamandis says. "Many of them have resources that are valuable both in space and down here on Earth."

Anderson says a lot of what can be mined will depend on what kind of asteroid it is, and depending on the mineral they want to extract they could use different methods.

They say they're starting with mining for water since they estimate a pound of water is worth $20-50,000 in deep space.

"Our company has the vision to begin to get access to those resources," Diamandis adds.

Filed under: Space • Viral
April 12th, 2012
10:53 AM ET

'Texts from Hillary' says 'TTYL' after meeting Hillary Clinton – creators say why they wanted to 'go out on top'

It left as quickly as it came. The brilliant meme "Texts from Hillary" was started by two Washington, DC communications guys over drinks. With just 32 posts, 83,000 shares on Facebook and more than 45,000 blog followers later, the site became a true sensation.

And it all started with an image of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her Blackberry on a military C-17 plane.

The creators of "Texts from Hillary", Stacy Lambe and Adam Amith, tell Soledad how they came up with the idea and shared their surprise with how popular their site became.

"We knew we created a meme that was fun, authentic, and got people involved," Lambe says. "I think that's why it took off. You know, we had followers on Tumblr, Twitter... that really embraced it."

Smith says Secretary Clinton loved the site, and was thrilled to suggest her own "Texts from Hillary" post when she met Smith and Lambe.

"You know, the Secretary's office is very secure. They take your cell phones away when you walk in. And, she came out of her office, and she shook our hand. She was all smiles. She was very warm. Very friendly. She told us how much she loved the site," Smith says.

As for ending the site so soon, Smith says it's just a matter of getting out while things are good. "It's good to go out on top," he says. "We don't want to be like the last season of 'Seinfeld' that everybody makes fun of because it was terrible."

Smith and Lambe alluded to book offers, but didn't give details.

Filed under: Viral