Inspirational Quotes from Amanda de Cadenet

My daughter gave me a whole new perspective.

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When you’ve worked as hard as I have to form your identity, the last thing you want is to blur where you end and someone else begins.

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I think that the friendship that women share is so powerful. In fact, there’s nothing quite like it. People talk about mother-child bonds, but I would argue that female friendship bond is also in a league unto its own.

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Learning how to be persuasive has been really crucial to my life both professionally and personally.

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When I was interviewing Hillary Clinton, I knew when I’d ask her something that she wasn’t going to give me the complete truth because she would break eye contact with me.

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Freedom is… not to be bound by my wounds. And to be able to eat cake every day.

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The most beautiful girl in the room not only gets the guy, she lands the job, gets better service at a restaurant, rises through the social ranks before her friends. Doors open for the beautiful woman that may not for a female who is twice as smart but half as beautiful.

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I love photography – I fell in love with photography, I think, because it was my own thing, it wasn’t something I needed other people’s permission to do. So, it was really freeing for me actually to be able to not be a famous person and just to take pictures.

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I believe women need to hear stories and see images that they can identify with, not media-fabricated ideals that even the ‘role models’ themselves can’t live up to.

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Spirituality is an anchor for me and guides me through life.

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Despite the gender stereotypes in the ’80s, my race-car-driving dad taught me that I could do whatever my brother could.

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In marriage, you sacrifice the adrenaline rush of seeing someone new for the comfort of being with someone who knows everything about you and loves you anyway.

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I’m really interested in older women, to be honest, because they have lived a life that I’ve not yet lived. So I really want to learn from them, and I think culturally we tend to dispose of women once they get to a certain age and they don’t look a certain way.

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I’ve worked very hard on my self-esteem, and I know my value.

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Pregnancy is a time for women to feel more connected with their bodies, and yet often the opposite occurs.

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Persuasiveness takes finesse; it takes an understanding of human psychology. And intention is everything.

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You never know how your kids are going to turn out. You can raise them with all the best intentions, and then they’re own people, and they have their own inner conflicts. You just hope you’ve given them some good stuff to navigate with.

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If I could wave a magic wand, I would be a size 6 and still be able to eat cake every day.

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With the combination of spending a fair amount of time on planes, having twins that go to elementary school, and generally living a lifestyle that is pretty high-stress, I have been known to run myself down quite easily, so I am pretty much a petri dish for germs, colds, and flus.

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There are women who are just extraordinary, who are smart and brilliant, sensual women in their 70s and even 80s!

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As a photographer, there are times when I have to decide if it’s appropriate to invade a moment with my camera.

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Understanding money is part of being independent. You can’t be self-sufficient if you’re relying on someone else.

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I have autoimmune disease, thyroid problems, and I’ve been diagnosed pre-diabetic.

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Only when we are sick and tired of being sick and tired do any of us do something different.

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The power that you have as a young woman, unless you have great self-esteem, is largely based on how the rest of the world reacts to you. And so it’s kind of a superficial confidence that you have, you know?

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People reacted to how I looked, and that was certainly a power to have as a young girl, but not one that you really understand.

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I am interested in people. I’m interested in telling stories, whether that is behind the camera or in front of the camera.

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I went from being able to walk down the street and be ignored to having men whistle at me. I was an insecure young girl, and it felt good to have attention, even though it was inappropriate.

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I’ve been privileged to be able to be a part of some of my girlfriends’ lives at their breaking points.

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I hate small talk! I can’t do it.

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I share personal things about myself in the context of my interviews and in ‘It’s Messy’ – but that’s 20 percent of my life.

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I love all Goop products, but I’ll always have the Revitalizing Day Moisturizer on my desk at work or in my handbag.

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When I look at a woman through my camera, I see her with complete admiration and appreciation of her beauty, strength, and power – and that’s how I do my best to represent her.

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You have a different experience as a woman walking through life; you just do.

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I’ve always known if anything killed me, it would be boys. From the time I was a teenager into my thirties, I loved only the ones who were bad news.

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By age 19, I was married to a high-profile, much older musician and was mother to a baby girl. Since then, I’ve been divorced, been a cheater, been cheated on, gotten happily remarried, and raised a couple of great kids.

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Learning how to have ‘healthy’ attachments sounds easy, but in fact, for someone like me who had damaged early relationships, it’s like learning to be fluent in Chinese.

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It doesn’t matter how many people adore you or how skinny, successful, smart, talented, funny, kind, or compassionate you are. None of it matters if you don’t see your wonderful self.

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I believe I was a codependent out of the womb and have been struggling to free myself from its vice-like grip for many, many years.

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I had lived with abuse for many years, but the worst abuse has been at my own hands and the appalling situations I have tolerated.

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While Jane Fonda has no shortage of knowledge to share, I was particularly moved and fascinated by her recovery from bulimia, which she battled with for over 25 years.

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Being a young woman is difficult enough, but add to that the pressures of Hollywood’s spotlight, and you have a lot to navigate.

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Sitting down with the insightful Gabourey Sidibe was a wonderful experience.

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Glenda Bailey is a woman after my own heart who believes that climbing the career ladder can be overrated, to say the least. After all, why not just go for what you want now?

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Portia de Rossi is a gorgeous woman, and I found it incredibly refreshing to discover that she puts very little stock in her appearance, instead preferring to concentrate on what goodness she can put into the world around her – a choice we can all learn from.

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Jane Fonda was at the top of my list of women to meet and the only time I felt nervous about interviewing someone. She is one of the most dynamic women I have ever had the honor of talking to.

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From 12-year-old girls to 70-year-old matriarchs, I know hundreds of women who have some sort of body image issue. This is sad and seriously worrying, but it’s true, and it’s why I feel some kind of social responsibility to do what I can to show a variety of body types in fashion magazines.

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I am one of the last photographers to convert to digital.

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I’ve often contemplated some kind of tummy tuck surgery, but I know this is not the answer.

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I’d personally like to see more ‘real bodies’ in magazines.

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I don’t marry myself to one belief system.

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If I’m looking at life without a spiritual perspective, it’s a lot more painful, a lot more confusing, and there’s so much that I don’t understand.

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