Anthea Paul is a bestselling author, photographer and creator of the Girlosophy brand.
Beginning her graduate career in the textiles and fashion industry for contemporary art patron John Kaldor, Anthea moved to New York in the early 1990s. An internship at Hearst Publications' Harpers Bazaar led to freelance work as a stylist and creative director in the US, and her recruitment in 1998 as Photo Editor for Bob Guccione Jr.'s Gear Magazine.
Anthea returned to Sydney permanently in 1999 and her first illustrated book Girlosophy: A Soul Survival Kit was published in 2000, launched by then Governor-nominate, Professor Marie Bashir. The book was an instant bestseller and the follow-up title, Girlosophy: The Love Survival Kit was launched by Big Brother host, Gretel Killeen in 2001. Highly commended in the Australian Publishing Awards, the award-winning Girlosophy series of eight books is published by Allen & Unwin Publishers. Girlosophy – Real Girls Eat received the Furi Knives Award for Excellence at the 2006 Australian Food Media Awards, for the best soft-cover food related book of the year, beating out other high profile finalists, including Jamie Oliver and Donna Hay.
Fans of the Girlosophy books include Tina Turner, Minnie Driver, Britney Spears, Alicia Silverstone, Isabel Lucas and Deborah Mailman, among many others. Anthea co-authored 21st Century Goddess: The Modern Girls Guide to the Universe with Jessica Adams and Jelena Glisic, published by Transworld U.K and translated into several languages. Anthea Paul's books have sold more than one quarter of a million copies internationally.
As a photographer travelling on the Association of Surfing Professionals World Championship Tour, Anthea photographed and interviewed many legends of the sport including World Champions Kelly Slater, Andy Irons and Layne Beachley for the surf media in both Australia and the United States. Additionally, she has contributed articles and photographs to a variety of magazines internationally including Harpers Bazaar, SURFING Magazine (U.S), Tracks, Australian Surfing Life, WAVES, Curl, Seventeen (U.S), CosmoGIRL (U.S), Dolly, Girlfriend and Vanity Fair for the landmark AFRICA issue.
As a commentator on youth issues in the media in Australia and New Zealand, Anthea appears on television and radio regularly. Additionally Anthea has been a spokesperson for Gillette Venus / National Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon week, YWCA, Sister2Sister, Creative Director for The Bendon Group's Hey Sister! brand, and a judge of the British Council Youth Awards for design and art.
Anthea is a long time supporter of the Tibetan refugee community in both North India and in Dee Why, NSW. As a guest of the Tibetan Government-in-exile in 2005 Anthea interviewed and filmed His Holiness, The Dalai Lama in a private audience at his residence in Dharamsala in North India.
Anthea Paul has a Masters of Photomedia from UNSW's College of Fine Arts (COFA). Girlosophy – INSPIRE – is her tenth book and the ninth in the Girlosophy series.
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