A former teen celebrity and creator of the multi-media platform The Conversation tells her story—how she went from wild party girl to wise entrepreneur, wife, and mom—in this deeply personal feminist memoir that explores the issues, concerns, and experiences relevant to women today.
At fifteen, Amanda de Cadenet, an aspiring model, was selected to be the host of two popular UK television shows. By eighteen, she was one of the most famous celebrities in England, dating Duran Duran guitarist John Taylor (fourteen years her senior) and making tabloid headlines with her hard-partying, wild child exploits. But the party came to a crashing end when, at eighteen, Amanda became the new face of teen pregnancy. Vowing to change her life, she moved to Los Angeles and began building a career as a photographer and CEO of her own multimedia company.
Having been the target of paparazzi and tabloid headlines throughout her youth, her mission-driven business became centered on the idea of promoting women’s voices and championing body-positive images of women. Today, through The Conversation, she engages celebrities and other notable women—including Hillary Clinton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jane Fonda, Lady Gaga, and Caitlin Moran—in no-holds-barred exchanges about what it means to be a woman today.
In It's Messy Amanda offers readers an extension of the dialogues she’s had with hundreds of woman through The Conversation as well as an inside look at her own journey through the London and Hollywood power scene. In her own uniquely edgy, irreverent, and provocative voice, she tackles uncomfortable yet familiar topics: ambivalence about motherhood; marriage; sex and body image; and how the media influences our expectations of ourselves as mothers, wives, and professionals. Through it all, Amanda offers an original perspective as a feminist on the front lines of celebrity culture.
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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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