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AMAZING BABE: Maria

Interview of Maria Raposo by Freya Bennett

Maria

Hey Maria, how are you?

I’m fine, thanks, trying to be happy!

Where do you call home?

I call home a landscape with lots of green where I can take my photographs!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am really clumsy but I’m outgoing and I love to help the others.

What is something you are passionate about?

That’s easy! Photography!

What do you love about photography?

I love that every person has a unique soul to capture. And even when they don’t like to be photographed, it happens, magic—you can see through their whole heart.

Why is feminism important to you?

Feminism taught me I can do whatever I want without fear of being judged. Since I was a little girl, I remember thinking men could do different things than women, like drive a car without being teased or be mechanics. I connected to feminism when I was around 13, because I discovered my sexual orientation and I needed something that helped me to be free and accepted. I am a proud feminist and feminism inspires me in my art and in my life. I am never going to refuse some things just because I am a woman and it “doesn’t seem right.” I am not my gender—I am more than that. I am proud of being a woman but some days I feel a man—feminism helped me even on that. You don’t need to be a woman or just a woman to support and live according to feminism—you just need to have a brain.

If you could wake up with a new talent, what would it be and why?

I would like to draw, to be a tattoo artist! I love and respect the tattoo culture and I would like to be part of it.

What advice do you have for 14-year-old Maria?

“Don’t quit for anyone. It’s not your task to take care of everyone and invalidate yourself.”

What do you wish you could change about the world?

The way people still look at women.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years?

I hope to married with children, working as a photographer and commercial model.

What did you find hard about being a teenage girl?

All the mental processes I went through.

What do you love about being a woman?

Being independent and be able to be what I want to be.

Where do you go to relax?

I usually go to the library. Reading books helps me through my problems. Or to a dark room, taking care of photos.

What’s something not many people know about you?

I can be very twisted when I’m not mentally stable.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

England or Germany.

Do you have any final pieces of advice?

I know life is not easy but when people tell you to breathe in, exhale, and think twice, do not take that as a cliché—it’s the most powerful truth!

Mariaa

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Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is a writer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia who has a passion for youth rights and mental health. To combat her own battle with anxiety and hypochondria, you can find Freya boxing, practicing yoga, taking sertraline and swimming in the ocean. She believes in opening up about her mental health struggles and shining a light on what is not spoken about. Freya welcomed her first daughter, Aurora into the world on the 21st of November, 2017 and spends her days building blocks, reading stories and completely exhausted. With a passion for grassroots activism and creative community, Freya began Ramona Magazine as an alternative to boring, image-obsessed teen media. The magazine is founded upon Freya’s core values of creative expression, equality and kindness. You can follow her on Instagram @freyasadventures.

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