More than two dozen young members of the Girlgaze community found paid work at the organization itself (which is hiring), photographing its collaboration with Warby Parker. Glamour joined the movement over the summer to cosponsor a film competition for young female directors, #NewView, whose jury included such Hollywood brass as Gia Coppola, Geena Davis, Rashida Jones, Shonda Rhimes, and Zendaya.
"It's a company that's really dedicated to closing the gender gap through paid opportunities for girl photographers and directors."
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De Cadenet began her own photography career as a teenager, eventually becoming the youngest woman to shoot a cover for Vogue. She still pursues her own photography when she has the time, but her aim now is to connect young female creators with the kinds of opportunities she's been able to have, without the higher barriers of entry surfaced as a young photographer compared to male peers breaking into the industry at the same time.She founded Girlgaze in 2016. The movement has its origins in an actual hashtag, an Instagram aggregation of work by and for women. Volume of submissions soon exploded, #girlgaze officially expanded into Girlgaze, an IRL Los Angeles-based company (run entirely by women) working to achieve gender parity in photography and film, with large communities not just in the United States but in the UK, Australia, and across South America. It's doing this by focusing, quite literally, on the future -- namely, on Generation Z. As our youngest generation comes of age in an environment of increasing social consciousness, topics like sexism, harassment, human rights, body image, sexuality, addiction -- all topics examined by Girlgaze artists -- are finally gaining mainstream traction.
"Definitely [there's] a shift, there's more opportunity for discussions about women's issues … in the political landscape, or in inclusion, diversity, different body types, mental health issues, there's absolutely a bigger space for that," de Cadenet said. "I think there's also a lot of it being sort of the topic of the moment, and I'm mindful of those conversations, but I think that it's a good thing that it's a bigger space. It's a positive thing." If you're a female-identifying, Generation Z photographer or director looking to join the GirlGaze community, upload your work on Instagram with the hashtag #girlgaze. You can also donate to The Girlgaze Foundation and help fund the organization's annual grants.
Her aim now is to connect young female creators with the kinds of opportunities she's been able to have, without the higher barriers of entry surfaced as a young photographer compared to male peers breaking into the industry at the same time.