09.05.13 Truth & Wisdom

Katherine Schwarzenegger on The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet Editor

Meet The Conversation’s September Guest Editor, Katherine Schwarzenegger

BY Katherine Schwarzenegger

Our new guest editor for September is Katherine Schwarzenegger. Read her introduction letter to find out what kind of contributions she will be making to The Conversation this month.

Dear Conversation Readers,

I am so excited to be guest hosting The Conversation for the month of September! I am honored that Amanda has asked me to be a part of such an amazing project that takes on the issues and topics that I find incredibly important for women of all ages.

As a young woman living in Los Angeles, it is difficult to resist getting caught up in all of the glamour and perfection of this town. It is common to think that you are the only one who isn’t able to be perfect in all aspects of your life. As a young woman, it is easy to get overwhelmed by all of one’s roles in life and trying to be the best at everything one does. It is a constant balancing act.

One of the things that I love about this site and everything Amanda has done with The Conversation, is the fact that nothing is sugar-coated. She has created a powerful place for women to deal with their struggles in an open and honest way. In all of the interviews on the site, celebrities are made more human as they open up and show that they are just like everyone else. The message that everyone is dealing with the same struggles has really caused this website to turn into a community where people can come to feel like they are not alone.

Over the past year I have been experiencing my own dose of reality — graduating from college, trying to figure out my life, and taking on a project to write a book about dealing with it all. I love being able to share my knowledge of dealing with that transitional phase to help other people better understand that the fear and confusion that comes after closing a chapter, and embarking on a new one, is normal.

I hope to be able to positively contribute to this fabulous community and share what I have learned along my journey thus far. As we send off summer and start our transition into the fall, we can all get back to the fast flow of lives knowing that we still have our friends at The Conversation to ease our minds and give us that love and support we never can get enough of.

Happy September, and enjoy the site!!


XOXO Katherine

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Rock What You've Got

Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who’s Been There and Back – By Katherine Schwarzenegger For young women today, developing a healthy body image...

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Katherine Schwarzenegger on The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet
Katherine Schwarzenegger speaks to and speaks for her generation of young women. She is a bestselling author, activist, the “big sister” every girl wishes she had, and a recent graduate from the University of Southern California where she majored in communication at the Annenberg School and minored in gender studies.  You can find her at her website: KatherineSchwarzenegger.com. In the best-selling book she wrote in college, “Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who’s Been There and Back,” Katherine guides young girls through their turbulent teens to womanhood while encouraging them to love their bodies, love themselves, and stay healthy. With her engaging and fun “secrets,” Katherine shares stories and tips to break the cycle of an unhealthy body image. Katherine speaks candidly, openly, and honestly about the struggle to develop a healthy body image in today’s body-conscious society and the confidence it takes for young women to celebrate who they truly are. While interning for Dove’s “Campaign For Real Beauty” at the age of 18, Katherine became aware of, and interested in, how prevalent the issue of body image is for young girls in America. She was appointed by the Girl Scouts of the USA as the youngest member of their Blue Ribbon Commission on Healthy Media for Youth. Katherine was also awarded Seventeen Magazine’s Body Peace award and appointed to their Body Peace Council, challenging everyone to love their inner and outer beauty.  She is also the Global Youth Ambassador for the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, which creates a world where beauty is a source of confidence not anxiety. Pursuing her passion for broadcast journalism, Katherine has appeared as a guest correspondent for Entertainment Tonight, conducting several on-air interviews over the past year. In the spring, Katherine interviewed First Lady Michelle Obama at her “Let’s Move” event in Florida. She also covered a press junket for the movie “This Means War” and interviewed the cast. Most recently, Katherine was sent to cover the 2012 Presidential Debate in Boca Raton where she reported on the debate and interviewed people from the political area to draw attention to the youth perspective on the campaign. In the fall of 2012, Katherine co-hosted the Anderson Cooper talk show with Anderson, discussing hot topics and introducing various segments. Now 23 years old and living in Los Angeles, Katherine is at the forefront of a movement to inspire and grab the attention of women her age to recognize their true self-worth. Over the past few years, Katherine has also been traveling around the country speaking on various issues that are important to young women. Katherine is also in the midst of writing her second book, which will consist of a series of interviews with well-known people about their post-college challenges and experiences. The book is set to be released in April of 2014. While writing her book and taking various opportunities as they come, Katherine is on the brink of starting her career. She is eager to connect with both men and women of her generation, to inform and entertain them in a positive way. She has created a lifestyle website, KatherineSchwarzenegger.com, where she posts on fashion, style, advice, current issues, beauty, and much more. The website also features “Taste Makers”, men and women who speak about their passion in an open and candid way. Katherine wants to create a positive place in the media for people her age who are searching: for information about work, for their way in life, and for their passion and purpose in the world. Currently, Katherine serves on the board of Best Buddies, an organization that is dedicated to establishing one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition, Katherine has been active in raising awareness of maternal mortality. At nineteen, she created the fashionable VIDA bags to increase awareness for global maternal mortality and partnered with the White Ribbon Alliance and CARE to diminish the staggering number of mothers worldwide dying during pregnancy and at childbirth. Mission Statement: “Through my reporting, speaking, writing, and community service, I believe I can make a difference. People my age have an important role to play across the board in our society and I want to use my voice for positive change.”


  • Absolutely love what you’re doing Katherine! Looking forward to your work on The Conversation! http://postgradolescence.com/

  • Tina

    Love me some Katherine Schwarzenegger. The world is a much better place because of you. Have a fabulous time. xo

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