It's Messy:
On Boys, Boobs and Badass Women

Amanda de Cadenet has interviewed and photographed many of the most influential figures in popular culture, became the CEO of her own female focused multimedia company, and has evolved as a leading voice for feminism. In It’s Messy, Amanda tells her story in this deeply personal collection of essays that honestly addresses the issues, concerns, and experiences relevant to women today.

Through her interview series, The Conversation, Amanda engages notable women—including Hillary Clinton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jane Fonda, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Gabourney Sidibe, Eva Longoria, Ivanka Trump, Rita Ora, and Arianna Huffington—in no-holds-barred conversations about what it really means to be a female today. In It’s Messy, Amanda offers readers an extension of that conversation, as well as an inside look at her own journey through her intensely personal and bold, yet universal experience of being a woman.

In this poignant, intimate, and hilarious collection of essays, travel back in time to Amanda’s years before The Conversation for a portrait of childhood fame, teen motherhood, and “getting a job that doesn’t suck, even if you went to Juvie.” With raw honesty and intense passion, Amanda shares her life in times of both good and bad, synthesizing lessons she’s learned along the way. In “How to parent in the time of Trump,” Amanda shares her experience of reacting to our current political reality as a mother and “Porn Culture and its affect on my Vagina” examines the impact that porn is having on practically all of us.


Cover Photo by: Amber Zeekaf

Cover Photo by: Amber Zeekaf


Girlgaze is on a mission to close the gender gap by creating visibility and tangible jobs for girls behind the lens and this timely book, from photographer and media entrepreneur Amanda de Cadenet’s visionary focus, features a beautiful and powerful collection of images capturing how young women perceive the world.

This inspiring must-have for feminists and creative alike showcases the work of a diverse collective of female-identifying photographers mixing candid and formal photos of females living their lives: moments of significance caught in a fraction of a second at home, on the streets, remote countrysides, and in war-torn countries. Spirited, elegant, and inspiring, #girlgaze promotes and highlights the work of Gen Z female photographers from all walks of life and is a stunningly beautiful representation of the female gaze.

About the Authors: Amanda de Cadenet is a creative force with a lifelong career in media both behind and in front of the lens, as well as CEO and Founder of Girlgaze, a Los Angeles based digital media company that promotes and highlights the work of emerging female photographers and directors. Lynsey Addario is a Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, and Time magazine. Sam Taylor-Johnson OBE is an English filmmaker, photographer, and visual artist. Inez van Lamsweerde is a fashion and art photographer, and one half of the photography duo Inez and Vinoodh.