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In this deeply personal collection of essays, creator of the The Conversation Amanda de Cadenet shares the hard-won advice and practical insights she’s gained through her experiences as businesswoman, friend, wife, and mother.
Amanda is on a mission to facilitate conversations that allow all women to be seen, heard, and understood. Through her multimedia platform The Conversation, she interviews some of today’s most bad ass women—from Hillary Clinton to Lady Gaga—in no-holds-barred conversations that get to the heart of what means to be female. Now, in It’s Messy, Amanda offers readers an extension of that conversation, inviting them into her life and sharing her own story.
From childhood fame to a high-profile marriage (and divorce) to teen motherhood to the sexism that threatened to end her career before it started, Amanda shares the good, the bad, and the messy of her life, synthesizing lessons she’s learned along the way. Through it all, she offers an original perspective as a feminist on the front lines of celebrity culture. Edgy, irreverent, poignant and provocative, It’s Messy addresses the issues, concerns, and experiences relevant to women today.
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About the Author
Amanda de Cadenet is a creative force with a lifelong career in the media. She began as a host on British television at the age of fifteen and became a sought-after photographer shortly after—as a result her impressive photography career already spans nearly twenty years. She is the youngest woman ever to shoot a Vogue cover and has photographed many of the most influential figures in popular and political culture. As a media entrepreneur, Amanda is the creator of The Conversation, a series that showcases her in-depth interviews on real topics with celebrated women. Whether it’s in conversations with Lady Gaga, Sarah Silverman, Zoe Saldana, Chelsea Handler, or Gwyneth Paltrow, or in discussions with devoted followers of her social channels, Amanda delivers an honest and authentic voice. The series has aired in eighteen countries and is featured online, with over ten million viewers. In January 2016, Amanda conducted an exclusive one-on-one interview with presidential candidate Secretary Clinton. In February 2016, Amanda launched #Girlgaze, a digital media company utilizing user submitted content and highlighting the work of women Gen Z photographers and directors.
Table of Contents
1 Life According to Little Amanda 9
2 Getting a Job That Doesn't Suck-Even If You Went to Juvie and Left School at Fifteen 21
3 Love, Obsession, and How to Tell the Difference 39
4 I Know Myself Better Than You Do: Some Thoughts on Sex 57
5 Porn Culture, and Its Effect on My Vagina 83
6 The Love of My Life (and There Are a Few) 91
7 Not All Teen Moms Are Crazy 109
8 Baby Chaos: The First Year of Motherhood 129
9 How to Parent in the Time of Trump 143
10 Be a Girl's Girl Every Day and All the Way 151
11 Diets That Don't Work but Do Give You a Bunch of Weird Health Problems (and Other Body Issues) 169
12 It's Never Okay 187
13 Pain Is Not Without Purpose 195
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The essays were about experiences we all can relate to. It was an easy read.