It’s Messy

On Boys, Boobs, and Badass Women

Amanda De Cadenet

Book

In her uniquely provocative voice, Amanda de Cadenet offers an original perspective as a feminist on the front lines of celebrity culture.

Through her interview series, The Conversation, Amanda de Cadenet talks with some of today’s most badass women—from Hillary Clinton to Lady Gaga—in as-honest-as-it-gets conversations that speak to what it means to be female. Now, in It’s Messy, Amanda shares her own story: a portrait of childhood fame, teen motherhood, a high-profile marriage (and divorce), and the sexism that threatened to end her career—all before she turned nineteen.

With the raw honesty and intense passion for which she’s known, Amanda tackles uncomfortable yet familiar topics: ambivalence about motherhood; marriage; sex; body image; and the cultural influences that shape unrealistic expectations for women.
Part manual, part manifesto, this intimate, hilarious, and insightful collection of essays challenges stereotypes and social norms, and examines the universal experiences relevant to women today.

Author

Amanda De Cadenet

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.