amanda de cadenet
We know the models. We know the actresses. We know the women who make it in front of the camera. But what about the illusive figures behind the lens whose names are, often times, out of plain sight and consequently out of mind? Multimedia platform Girlgaze is working to transform this almost-anonymity of the female-identifying artists that bring some of our favorite visual art to life. Their mission is crystal clear, encouraging women to "break the boundaries and determine their own identity, sexuality, and beauty" within photography (and any form of art, for that matter). This may seem like a large undertaking, but it's one that Girlgaze's founder and CEO, Amanda de Cadenet, handles with a poise and dedication that has rubbed off on many of today's young girl creators. With Girlgaze's first book, Girlgaze: How Girls See the World, releasing this fall, and de Cadenet's own book, It's Messy: Essays on Boys, Boobs, and Badass Women following suit, we wanted to know more about what makes this founder and self-made woman tick. Read our Q&A with Amanda de Cadenet below!
What is the most important message you hope to spread through the work done at #girlgaze?
That the female point of view is valuable and must be included and celebrated.
On a global scale, how does celebrating the creative work of girls online impact how we interact with with creative content as a whole?
Celebrating the work of girls anywhere as often as possible contributes to a larger portion of the world being exposed to the female point of view
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a part of a platform like #girlgaze?
There are so many rewarding things but if I had to pick one it would be that I get to see and support so many creative girls flourishing
Are there any artists/photographers who have particularly stood out to you recently? Why do they inspire you?
Zoey Grossman, who I had the pleasure of being photographed by recently. Flora Negri. Heather Hazzan. Bree Holt. Carlotta Guerro. Because they're all goddamn great photographers with their own perspective and unique point of view, especially regarding their images of women and girls.
For creative women who have yet to get a big break, what advice do you have for them?
Be tenacious. Don't be afraid to reach out to people who you admire or who you would like to work with or for. Although annoying at the time, the girl who emails me 50 times will be the most likely to get my attention.
What does the future hold for #girlgaze?
Oh we have so many awesome projects, partnerships and opportunities you'll have to stay tuned. Sign up for our newsletter, follow our Instagram.
How can others get involved in the work that you do?
There are many ways to be involved. Our new digital platform www.girlgaze.tv launching in October will be sharing all that information. Joining our community is the first way to stay updated with all the job opportunities and projects we have going.