A Letter to my Teenage Self

Writing by Brydie Nielson // Photograph by Iceinn

I recently read a book of letters written by successful Australians to their teenage selves. I picked it up from the ‘youth’ section of my local library and I was looking forward to hearing what life-changing advice these people had in store for me and my fellow ‘young’ Australians. It was an interesting read for a 26-year-old who, to some extent, has her shit together. But I think that 15-year-old Brydie would probably have read the letters and felt completely uninspired and inadequate.

Because when I was a teenager I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up and trying to decide was a fruitless endeavour. I barely knew who I was let alone what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I didn’t care where my education would take me or whether spending $30 on a special edition magazine about the Foo Fighters was a sound financial decision. I cared about my popularity, or lack thereof, and my physical appearance. I agonized over not being invited to parties and I longed to be whisked away from my hometown by Dave Grohl and/or Jeremy Sumpter.

Anyway, after reading the book I threw it on the floor and tried to forget about it. But letting things go is not an ability that I possess. So I picked it up and dusted it off, because I can’t afford a fine thanks to my habit of buying magazines which I only read once but refuse to throw away because they cost me thirty fucking dollars. Then, in the spirit of never letting things go, I decided to write this: an ordinary letter from an ordinary 26-year-old to her ordinary teenage self.

Hey Baby Brydie,

There are so many things I want to tell you. Although more than anything I want to wrap you up in a blanket, give you a cup of tea, and hide you away somewhere until the world is the caring and considerate place you need it to be. But I can’t do that, because it is being thrown into the world that will truly make you grow up and come into your own.

One of your biggest concerns right now is that you’re not a huge fan of the body you’ve been dealt. Because it’s kind of squishy, but not in the ‘right’ places, and you constantly miss patches on your legs when you shave. You have no idea what to do with your hair, because the magazines you read don’t know how to cater to someone with hair like yours.

Your face and body are changing so quickly that you struggle to keep up, yet they never seem to change in ways you can appreciate. The other girls in your year level don’t seem to have these problems. In fact, you spend the majority of your time surrounded by classmates whose bodies make yours feel too tall and too wide in comparison. It is all just so incredibly overwhelming and exhausting.

Not that long ago the boy of your dreams wrote that he loves you in the top right-hand corner of your Maths book and you ignored him because you don’t think you’re pretty enough to love or be loved. You felt guilty because you don’t want him to ever feel sad or hurt, but you know you’re just not pretty enough yet. My sweet Baby Brydie, this breaks my heart. It is so utterly wrong in so many ways.

But do not despair, because while your body will continue to change throughout the coming years, the changes will slow down and you’ll begin to catch up. You’ll learn to like your face, although you’re still finding ways of getting used to your body at the age of 26. But you know what? You’re getting better at it. You have also realised that there is more about you to love than just your body. You’ve learned that you can love all kinds of things about a person. You didn’t find your first great love all that attractive for quite some time. You loved their honesty, their strength, and their compassion. Especially their compassion. You’ve always cared more for the inside than the outside and that is a wonderful thing.

Over the next few years you have some big decisions to make. When it comes time to decide, try to avoid going through the motions or making choices based on what you believe you should be doing. Live life on your own terms. Do the things you love; the things that make you smile when no one is looking. Keep dancing in the kitchen and pulling faces in the mirror. Continue to sing whenever you feel the need. Never give up on your love affair with words spoken, written, or sung.

You love to write and you’re pretty good at it. But you stopped doing it recently and you may not realise for quite some time just how much you miss it. You’ve forgotten the incredible amounts of joy you receive from putting words on paper and arranging them like pieces of a puzzle, shifting them around countless times until they fit.

One day, people will read the things you’ve written and get in touch to tell you just how much your words meant to them and how they no longer feel alone. Their comments will encourage you to keep publishing your writing. Not for praise or recognition, but because you wish you heard a voice like yours when you were struggling. A voice that made you feel validated and connected. Aim to live your life this way, as a living example of how you wish the world to be.

By now you’ve also begun to realise that you’re more sensitive than most people. But you’re yet to learn that this is ok; it might take you a while to realise this. Years of being told to ‘toughen up’ and ‘be an arsehole’ have instilled in you an intense fear of being vulnerable. But keep this in mind: one of the toughest, most badass things a person can do is embrace kindness and vulnerability. You will get far more from life by being kind than by being an arsehole. Maybe not monetarily, but definitely spiritually. Take care of your soul, your spirit, whatever you’re calling that spark that lives inside you. Things get really shitty really fast when you stop taking care of it.

That is why it is especially important for you to start ignoring those terrible voices. You know the voices. They whispered cruel words into your ears and wrapped themselves around your long mess of curls. They coiled and coiled until they became part of your very being. Those words are not you, they don’t define you, and the sooner you learn to ignore them the better. There will be bumps and hurdles along the way. The voices will present you with mountains you think you cannot climb. But you can and you will.

Beware of friendships built upon amber-coloured foundations and rose-tinted windows – they are not worth the hangover. Instead, stick closely to those who value your time, presence, and opinion. They will help you chase the voices away and make your spirit soar. Spend time with the people who you admire, the people whose stories you tell to others. These are the people who will bring out the best in you.

The friend whose life is so incredibly different to yours will always offer perspective and keep you grounded. The girl who is so blissfully unaware of the world’s negativity will serve as a constant reminder to remain positive, especially when life is kicking your butt. Don’t lose sight of the friend who is always up for anything and embraces all things ridiculous; she will never fail to make you smile. Keep an eye out for the curly haired kid who makes you laugh in a way that no one else can; he’s good for when things get rough. There will be one friend who will never fail to be lovingly honest, open, and kind to you. She will teach you what it is like to have someone truly value your opinion. Never let her go.

Right now you find your family really frustrating to be around because you don’t think they truly understand you as an individual. But I can promise you this: no one will ever try to understand you as hard or as tirelessly as your family. They will be the best friends you ever have if you let them. While your friends will gently push you in the right direction, it is your family who will follow you regardless of which direction you take.

So, my love, throw your shoulders back, tilt your face towards the sun, and smile. Smile because you are so astonishingly you; because you are kind, compassionate and loyal; because you value openness and honesty; because you are surrounded by incredible people; and because even though things may feel a bit scary sometimes and life can get pretty tough, life can also be pretty damn wonderful.

Hang in there, kiddo. You’ve got this.

Love always,

Slightly Older Brydie x

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Sarah is from New York and is passionate about inspiring others. She hopes that, through her vulnerability, people will feel a little less alone. Check out her blog at www.dreamsandvalleys.com and follow her Instagram @SarahNY2LA

Maria Ermides

Maria is a work in progress who one day hopes to be an inspiration to young girls who are trying to work it all out too. She lives in Brisbane and loves to write, dance and create things.

Tess Rouvray

Tess Rouvray is a Melbourne multi-potentialite who is enthusiastic about words, art, feelings, tea and wearing as many colours as possible.

Selena Vo

You can find Selena Vo here.

Valeria Dellisanti

Valeria Dellisanti is a photographer from Italy. Follow her on her website and Instagram.

Chloe Sewell

Chloe Sewell is a bisexual 17 year old student from England who enjoys writing poetry, singing ABBA, reading on the floors of bookshops and discovering new films with her friends. She is interested in feminism, LGBT+ rights and is currently studying english literature, psychology and photography at college. She aspires to be a florist in a cute shop with a cat or, if that doesn’t work out, a writer (also with a cat). You can always find her on Instagram, @sky.chlo, where she shares photos of her adventures.

Luiza Anderle

Find Luiza on Instagram @luizaanderle21

Fabliha Anbar

Fabliha Anbar is the Editor In Chief of Sorjo Magazine. She identifies as a 19-year-old queer Bengali woman who is based in New York City. Fabliha is a writer that focuses on advocating for queers of color and smashing stigmas against South Asian women, mental health and body image. She reflects her own experiences as a fat femme queer Muslim onto her writing and believes storytelling is a powerful tool to heal souls. You can follow her on instagram: @bengalisun

Nita

Nita is a 24 year old woman from Iran who grew up in a very religious family. She has fought for many things in order to have a normal life like other women around the world. She didn’t believe she was gay, but she has always known that love is something beyond gender and she totally swallowed it when she met her brilliant girl. She has not married her wife on paper yet but they started loving each other from their first day of university. Unfortunately no one knows and they have not had the chance to live with each other.
Nita wants members of other societies to know Iran has lovers of the same sex who are loyal even if their own families must not know about their loves.

Eva Marchingo

Eva is a Melbourne-based writer in the midst of a Journalism degree. While having a broad writing catalogue from hard news to features and reviews, Eva has a penchant for exploring weird, wonderful and often taboo topics, as well as advocating for women and other oppressed groups. You can find her on instagram @eva.marchingo

Bebe Dragovitch

Bebe Dragovitch is 20 years old, lives in the heart of Melbourne and is studying Public Relations at RMIT University. Alongside her newly found hobby of writing, her interests include listening to loads of music, learning new skills and being social. She’s interested in doing more travelling and wants to have a dynamic career life. Bebe also works part time as a fashion model and the industry has been a part of her life since her early teens. You can find her on Instagram @bebe_dragovitch

 

Elaine Mead

Elaine is a Psychology graduate, currently completing her postgraduate diploma in cognitive behavioural coaching and mentoring. Her writing interests cover everything from emotional intelligence, and modern society, to the female experience, and how we utilise our experiences to become more authentic versions of our selves. In between being glued to her laptop you’ll find her experimenting in being an over-caffeinated human and daydreaming about her next travel adventure. More of her writings found here: articlegrinds.com.

Elizabeth Axley

Elizabeth Axley is a full-time student at Liberty University. On the daily, she deals with mental illness and the after affects of trauma. To cope, she writes poetry, paints, sews, and advocates against mental illnesses stigmas. She is a Cinematic Arts major and hopes to direct someday. Elizabeth is a strong feminist and believes women are powerful, beautiful creatures and tries to portray that in her writing and other art forms. She can be followed on Instagram @Lizz.Liz.Lizz and emailed at elizabethhaxley@gmail.com

Nadia Fragnito

Nadia Fragnito is a writer, teacher and passionate foodie. She has made it her mission to seek a
life of la dolce vita with a healthy appreciation of appetite and food – without the body image guilt!
She is a published poet, playwright and blogger and her articles have been have been featured in
Vegan Lifestyle Magazine and Vegan Travel. You can find her original recipes and lifestyle tips on
her website The Road Not Taken, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

https://www.theroadnottaken.com.au
https://www.facebook.com/theroadnottaken.com.au

@the_road_not_taken_vegan

Penny Schiereck

Penny Schiereck is a very nervous photographer with a passion for making something out of nothing. Find her @wherestoto on Instagram.

Lila Fox

Lila is a counselling student, an online ESL teacher and passionate feminist. She loves
dancing, cooking desserts and reading. In the future, she hopes to become a therapist who can assist
others with their own path to healing.

Arion Bereziat

Arion Bereziat is a 20-year-old living in Brisbane. Her passion is for writing short stories, and think pieces. She always aims to open up a dialogue with her pieces, and hopes that her audience find something worth discussing in her writing.

Sarah Rowe

Sarah is a sociology graduate living and studying in Melbourne. She is fascinated by issues of sexuality, gender and psychology. Her current aspirations include completing her Masters of Social Work, owning a cat and finishing Fleabag.

Meredith

Meredith is a university student in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She loves ice cream, collages, making playlists, and spending time with people who can make her laugh.

Amanda Pendley

Amanda Pendley is an eighteen-year-old writer from Kansas City who uses poetry to navigate her way through the past and into the future. She works as an editor for her local teen literary magazine and has also had works published by Lithium Magazine, Teen Ink, and Scholastic. Whether it is art, ballet, or slam poetry, she finds that the ways in which she channels self-expression are meant to inspire others to share their voice. You can find her on Instagram @amandacpendley.

Karla Drama

Karla Drama is a Mexican illustrator, who seeks to reconcile love and emotions in every illustration. Follow her on Instagram @karladrama

April Phillips

April is a Wiradjuri-Scottish illustrator and educator currently living and working on the South-East coast of Australia (Yuin country). Some of April’s favourite things include: whippets, sea creatures, facial expressions, and working with young ones to realise their creative power.
@_aprilphillips_

Clara Ortega

Clara Ortega, 22 years old. Spain (Girona).

Clara studied PR and Advertising in Girona, Màlaga and Beijing. She loves arts, especially writing and photography. She believes that arts can change the world and we need to take art in schools and universities to train the future artists and change the world.

Andra Badea

Andra Badea is a Romanian former art director who fell in love with illustration and decided to “elope”. She now creates “cuteOshenii” – whimsical characters that bring out your inner child. You can find her work on posters, stationary, in children’s books and magazines.
Follow her on:

Mo Kerwin

Mo is a freelancer originally from Michigan and currently based in Berlin. After working in software UX for seven years, she decided to make a change and give illustration a shot. In her free time she loves to read fiction (most recently on a Muriel Spark kick) and plays bass in the band Biggest Rat. Check out her personal website or follow her on Instagram, Behance, or Dribbble.

 

Ariella Elovic

Ariella is an NYC-based illustrator and founder of The Cheeky Blog. On any given day, she’s typically painting boobs or spunky New Yorkers, eating cheese and wishing she had a dog on her lap.
@thecheekyblog

Liz Weske

Follow Liz @lefteyeliz

Sarah-Jane Cavendish

Sarah-Jane is a feminist writer, poet and photographer- currently working in legal in London UK, she focouses her free time on her project ‘women ordinarily extraordinary’ which is an exploration into all things women and a celebration of female achievements. You can find Sarah-Jane on Instagram @women_ordinarily_extraordinary

Annie Wong

Annie Wong, a.k.a. Headexplodie, hand-crafts short form videos, GIFs, and stop motion art for the digital world. Her work vacillates between charmingly cute and unashamedly crude. With silliness as the guiding principle in her art practice, she is usually not satisfied until what she has made is as ridiculous and memorable as it can be.  Follow her on Instagram: @headexplodie

Amin Sharifi

Photographer by passion, collecting thousand word stories to share. Perhaps, you’ll someday find yourself telling stories to his lens that you never could find the words for.

Swarajya Singh

Swarajya Singh is 20 year old, from India. She is currently pursuing her under graduation in Biology. She can be found playing with dogs when she isn’t reading or writing. She wishes to make a difference and learn something every day. You can follow her on Instagram @swarajya_singh

Rupika Rangaswamy

Rupika is an illustrator from India. Her vivid illustrations have a central theme of carefree, independent women – mostly inspired by her own life and the people around her. She loves doing galaxy art and thinks shes’s nailed her own style for it! Even though she’s been drawing for as long as she remembers, pursuing a degree in engineering got in the way.  Only about a year ago did she go back to her pencils and paints and start taking her art seriously enough to set up an IG account to showcase her illustrations (you can check them out here). Currently, she’s shuffling her time between her day job (as a technical analyst and software engineer) and art; the end game, of course, being able to make a living as an artist. 

Kelly Davis

Kelly Davis is a Melbourne feminist originally hailing from Canberra, Australia. She loves angry feminist indie rock, Parks and Recreation, and dogs. Unsure what she wants to do with her life but knows she wants to help make the world a better place. Follow her life ramblings on Instagram @kldvs and twitter @kldvs96.

Rinny Power

Rinny Power; a teen girl living in South-East Queensland. She has fantastically long leg hairs
and a real passion for activism. She is an artsy person who loves drawing, painting and writing. She prides herself in being able to discuss many different topics and most of all she loves talking and engaging with the community. She’s also head-over- heels in love with any and every dog on Earth. Prepare yourself for some fortnightly activism columns!

Emily Bach

Emily Bach is a young writer with a passion for creating. In her free time, she enjoys exploring
Washington, DC, the city she loves and lives in. Through her work, she hopes to change the
way young women are represented in the art and creative media community. Follow her on
Instagram at @emilyjbach to read poems from her latest series, Vulnerability.

Karen Davis

Karen J Davis (she/her) is a 19 year old artist from Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a very passionate and driven artist and her pieces have a lot of meaning behind them. Most of the time when showing her art she gets complements that her work is very femme so if she could use one word to describe her work, it would be femme. Karen’s work is very personal and has a lot of meaning behind everything created.

Frizz Kid

Hana. 24. Toronto. But you can just call me Frizz Kid. Freelance artist, writer, human ambassador to the Cat Galaxy, and Lord of the Rings enthusiast. One day I started doodling and I never stopped.

Sofie Birkin

Sofie Birkin is a British Illustrator currently living in Denver, Colorado with her wife and tragic labrador. By day she’s a professional doodler for a marketing agency, and by night she likes drawing powerful women in gaudy colors. When she’s not glued to her tablet, she’s usually obsessing over midcentury jello, ambient lighting, and Parisian lesbians of the Belle Epoque. You can find Sofie on Instagram @sofiebirkinillustration

Sophie Nicolas

Sophie Nicolas is studying a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and is an aspiring writer, dog
enthusiast and thrift shop fashion icon.

Anita Cheung

Anita Cheung is a meditation & yoga teacher, mental health advocate, and the founder of Betty– Real Live Beditations for Real Lazy People.  She created Betty as a tool to keep her honest in her practice, and a way to help others effortlessly weave meditation into their busy lives in a fun, engaging way.

Dorine Damofli

Dorine Damofli is a photographer. Find their work on Tumblr and Instagram.

Alejandra Bela

Keep up with Alejandra’s photography on her website and Instagram.

Shaoni Rakshit

Shaoni Rakshit is a Literature student who likes sad poems and haunted places. Her rare moments of productivity are deeply hindered by tea addled bouts of procrastination and an ever increasing obsession with Elvis Presley. For more, you can check her Instagram account at @shaonirakshit.

Irène Schrader

Irene was born and raised in Paris, France to an Eurasian family. She currently lives in Shanghai, China and spends most of her time making music, writing essays, and teaching children English. She enjoys traveling, learning new things, reading books and going to museums.

Riya Parida

Riya is currently studying sociology at Calcutta University, India. Her passions are writing and
dancing. She wants to work for animal welfare in future. Her favourite destination for spending
some quality time is the beach. You can find her on social media at: @euphoria_21

Lucy Marie

 Lucy is a 19-year-old photographer from London. Keep up with her work on her website, and on her Instagrams @lucy___archive and @ectoplasum.

Isabella Kottek

Isabella Kottek is a Melbourne born and based illustrator, artist, and teacher. You can follow Isabella on Instagram @iskoteq, on her blog, her shop, and her website.

Paridhi Puri

Paridhi Puri is a petite 16-year-old INFP who is a bunch of contradictions. An ineffable writer, with deep interest in mythology, history and economics; she is currently serving as the Contribution Seeker of Trouvaille Journal and blog writer at The Culaccino Magazine. She has been published in Changing Tomorrow, Ink Drift and Times of India among others. She believes in equal rights for each person who breathes, and is very vocal about mental health awareness. You can find her writing poetry at The Girth Within or on twitter @theglowofviolet.

Aishwarya Shrivastav

Aishwarya Shrivastav is a 21 year old author of ‘Mouthpiece’, who writes to document her life experiences through poetry. Her works have appeared in Ramona Magazine for Girls, Mad Swirl, Poetry longlist 2017, RejectedLit and other social media platforms. She lives in India and likes letters and kittens.

Anna Vo

Anna Vo is a nineteen-year-old college student based in San Francisco. She’s currently attending the Academy of Art University and majoring in Fashion Journalism. In her free time, you can find Anna running around the city taking photos, catching sunsets, and cafe hopping. She hopes to one day be a contributor for Vice! You can find her on Instagram and Tumblr. Check out her portfolio HERE (annanvo.tumblr.com).

Esther Lee

Esther is a fifteen year old writer and artist who dreams of becoming an industrial-organisational therapist and owning four dogs. When she’s not occupied with school and art, she visits the thrift shop and watches Wes Anderson movies. You can find her Instagram @hellagorl and her tumblr @shadowhed.

Sydney Scanlon

Sydney Scanlon is on a gap year before college in India with Global Citizen Year. Originally from Coral Gables, Florida, Sydney is a considerate thinker who mulls over the metaphysics of existence while reading Waiting for Godot and loves dancing to the beat at the local drum circle. She is a political activist who volunteers at music festivals to register voters. She is a part-time gelato scooper who investigates the economic logistics that will facilitate building additions to a church of mostly illegal immigrants on Calle Ocho and also negotiates the morass of legalities necessary for the permits. She is a sibling of five who goes from volleyball practice, to soccer practice, to yoga, to a game of pick up with neighbours in the street. She believes that informed, moral choices with the greater good in mind can shape a promising future. She wants to be part of that future. She intends to whole heartedly dive into India’s culture to begin to grasp its intricacies. Sydney will begin her Freshman Year at Amherst College in September. www.globalcitizenyear.org

Angy Abbruzzese

Visual Artist from Caracas, Venezuela. Graduate in Science in Communication and coordinator of cultural activities in Lugar Común Bookstore from 2013 to 2017. Through a variety of hand-drawn and digital techniques and inspired by my readings, I render banknotes into collage and GIF animations. Artwork selection is for sale in arteotates.com

Portfolio: recortaymueve.portfoliobox.net

Blog: recortaymueve.tumblr.com

Instagram: @recortaymueve

Facebook: @recortaymueve

Silvi Joseph

Silvi is from Mumbai, India and she is working hard at being a good human! She loves reading and music soothes her. Infinite in every direction and dares to be brave! You can find her on social media at @silvi_joseph

MISKA

Miska is a 17 yo artist who works essentially on photography and collages. She is from Lille, France. Miska attaches importance to the idea of doing arty things full of sense. In real life, Miska is named Clara, and she is someone really open minded who takes chances and tests everything. She likes meeting people and to discuss the world; especially society and feminism. Miska sometimes writes articles for VraiesMeufs (www.vraiesmeufs.com, a french blog which promotes feminism and cheers on a lot of girls projects. Miska discovered Ramona Magazine because she is really interested in this kind of medias which are really important for the feminism. Visit Miska on Intagram : @miska__________

Brooke van der Linden

Find Brooke van der Linden on Instagram @brooke_van and her website.

 

Ruby Jones

Ruby Jones is a feminist, musician and writer from Melbourne. She has toured the world as a vocalist and as a result probably owns a souvenir coffee mug from your hometown. When she’s not making mixtapes she can be found singing and playing tambourine in her band, volunteering at Girls Rock Melbourne or re-watching Twin Peaks. Find her over at @rubyjonesband. [Photo credit Lilli Waters]

Annah Hughes

Annah Hughes is a UK-based freelance fashion photographer and art director. Follow her work on her Instagram

Liam Warton

Liam Warton (b. 1990) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Liam focuses his camera on things that affect him personally and mostly photographs family and friends. His work aims to question norm critique, identity and masculinity. Follow Liam @liamwartonphoto & liamwartonweddings.com.

Emma Jensen

Emma Jensen is an illustrator and sometimes comics maker. She likes ocean swimming, night driving and Sunday’s. Follow her @emmaleejensen.

Veronica Marks

Veronica Marks (they/them) is a non-binary freshman studying screenwriting at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. They write plays, poetry, prose, satire, songs, and screenplays about everything from LGBTQ+ rights to scooters. Their work has appeared in Scholastic’s Best Teen Writing of 2015, and they have performed original pieces at the U.N., the Pulitzer Center, Viacom, and for Lin-Manuel Miranda. You can find them on Instagram @marksveronica!

Emily Dynes

Emily Dynes is a writer and filmmaker based in Melbourne, Australia. Her screenwriting efforts have been featured in the Melbourne International Film Festival, St Kilda Film Festival & Byron Bay Film Festival where she was nominated for Young Australian Filmmaker 2016.
You can find more of her work here & here.

Dr Victoria Tedeschi

Dr Victoria Tedeschi is a sessional tutor of English, Theatre Studies and Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University, respectively.

Seth Lukas Hynes

Seth Lukas Hynes is a freelance writer and film critic from Badger Creek. He is the weekly film critic for the Mountain Views Mail newspaper, and is the author of Trans-Sentient, a self-published book of cyberpunk short stories.

Ellen Muller

Ellen Muller is a Melbourne-based publishing student who keeps a satirical literature blog called, Poe’s very attractive cousin, and volunteers at a zine shop called Sticky Institute.

Cassandra White

Cassandra White is a Melbourne based writer and Taekwon-Do instructor.

Lula Bornhak

Lula is 19 years old and from Berlin. Her interests change almost weekly, which she finds kind of scary but is now slowly learning to appreciate. Right now she is obsessed with food, outer space and beauty in all its different forms. Other than that, she is fascinated about educating herself on basically everything.

Mauve Everest

Mauve Everest is an aspiring Creative director and writer currently living in Hong Kong. She aims to create strange but informative work that simply stirs others. You can contact her at mauvetheverest@gmail.com

Sunny Adcock

Sunny Adcock is a 17 year old blogger, writer, and Intersectional Feminist from Australia. You can read some of her booklovin’ and feminist ramblings over at http://www.asunnyspot.com.au.

Helena Ravenne

Helena Ravenne (1992) is a freelance illustrator and designer based in Hamburg, Germany. Currently, her work on ‘Female Empowerment’ is presented in an exhibition in Sydney. The project originated from the personal desire to find female role models in illustration & design. Over 25 brilliantly talented and strong women are at the centre of her exhibition. Her work is available for sale in selected concept stores in Germany and her online shop

Follow Helena at the links below:

Kritika Singh Bisen

Kritika Singh Bisen is from India, she is 19 years old and currently undertaking a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication. She loves reading Sylvia Plath and believes poetry is a power that which comes very naturally to her. She Intends to one day become a travel journalist.

Instagram: @kritikasinghbisen

 

The Ramonas

www.ramonas.co.uk

Nadia Bautista

Nadia Bautista a.k.a Miss Complejo is a photographer born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She portrays the female body in the most natural way, giving beauty to every part of it. Owner of an extreme softness and a strong look, “Miss Complejo” keeps a finesse that has stood out since she began to photograph 6 years ago. “I can find beauty in all kind of bodies” has been her premise, and holds it.

Adrienne Grey

Adrienne was born and raised in New York and is now on a journey to discover her truth in Los Angeles. She’s vegan most days, and secretly longs for a slice of NY pizza. Her heart is in the stars, uplifting the feminine, and storytelling. Check out her blog at: thatsdivineblog.wordpress.com

Naila Karim

Naila is a nineteen year old University student who’s life basically consists of coffee, writing and Netflix; she LOVES horror and independent indie films. Naila lives in London, England and she started writing at an early age and used current social issues as inspiration. She considers herself a feminist, and her role models include Emma Watson and Rowan Blanchard.

Aitor Frias & Cecilia Jimenez

Aitor Frias & Cecilia Jimenez (both born in 1985) are a Spanish duo of visual artists and photographers based in Granada, Spain. Their work constantly explores the collective imaginary, the memory that dwells in the subconscious of all of us.

Marta Braggio

Marta Braggio is a photographer and art curator from Vicenza (Italy). She loves art, patterned skirts, colours, and her big dogs Aika and Maya. You can find her on Instagram @martabraggio

Naila Karim

Naila is a nineteen year old University student whose life consists of coffee, writing and Netflix. She LOVES horror and independent indie films. She lives in London and started writing at an early age, using social issues as inspiration. She considers herself a feminist, and her role models include Emma Watson and Rowan Blanchard. Her hair is jet black but she’s never dyed it.

Jane Rebecca Schwartz

Jane Rebecca Schwartz is a freelance artist, copywriter and marketing strategist in Chicago. Her artwork is a combination of photography and digital illustration. She’d love to make art all day long. She also loves reading, exploring and candy. Contact her at janeRschwartz@gmail.com and please note the R.

Solange Avena

Solange Avena is an Argentinian photographer raised in a matriarchal family, which has set her interest in women as the main characters on her photography. She studied in Escuela de fotografía Motivarte and attended several workshops regarding film direction, arts and performance. She participated in the collective photographic exhibition of domestic violence at the Museo de las Mujeres in Costa Rica, 2012. Festival de Fotografía Nano, a tribute to Grete Ster and Garry Winogrand (2014-2016) She exhibited her documental proyect “SOBRE-VIVENCIAS” about Marie Curie Oncological Hospital’s patients, 2016. Her work has been published in Kwerfeldein Magazine Alemania, LAAAO Magazine Colombia, Trattoria della Poesía Editorial Italia, among others.

Genny Gadd

Genny Gadd is a 21-year-old artist from Melbourne. Find her work on Instagram and Facebook.

Zoya Godoroja-Prieckaerts

Zoya Godoroja-Prieckaerts’ work examines social issues of mental illness and the suffering of women, using emotion as the motor for her practice. She currently lives and works in Mparntwe/Alice Springs and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work We are more than the division of cells, 2017, interrogates the morals around valuing a foetus over a living, breathing, fully-formed human being, i.e. a woman.

Lily Amos

Lily is a 19 year old from Melbourne with a love of life and cream cheese icing.

Natalie Harman

Natalie was once described as an editor, writer, and reader implicitly tangled
through the process of publication, reinventing and redefining what they embody. You can
get to know her better by sending her a few of her favourite things—pictures of hedgehogs,
knitting patterns, and fan mail—via neh_@live.com

Alexey Green

Find Alexey’s photographs on Instagram and Flickr.

Bryce Mills

Originally from Los Angeles, Bryce moved to Glasgow to get her masters and pursue her career in journalism. When she’s not writing, you can find her trying to pet stranger’s dogs in the street, playing board games, or perpetually hunting for a bottle of cheap wine that doesn’t taste awful.

You can follow Bryce on Instagram @babyytrainwreck and twitter @thebrycekmills

Giulia Nicosia

Giulia Nicosia is a passionate 50% Sicilian and 50% Maltese girl who is in love – and always excited – with everything and anything in life. She enjoys observing and documenting the outstanding craziness of  the world and people around her through art, whether it´s through drawing, photography, writing, performing or anything else. Currently based in Scotland but on her way back to Malta very soon to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Communication Studies.

Paolo Barretta

Paolo Barretta is a 23 year old Italian photographer based in Bologna. He grew up close to the sea trying to understand who he was until it became a relevant part of him. That’s why ‘I am Winter’ is his pseudonym: because of the coldness he used to feel on the skin looking at it for covering the thoughts. He’s the kind of person who’s looking for a way and it doesn’t matter where it could take him, because the only reason he cares is about the gradient. Follow Paolo on Instagram @iamwinter

Manasvi Chauhan

Manasvi is a mass communication student who reads, writes and pets cats for a living. Planning to pursue a career in filmmaking, she’s currently working on her debut short film. She likes pandas, Sylvia Plath and chocolate. You can follow her at @theinfatuatedpanda.

Lily

Lily is a 19 year old from Melbourne with a love of life and cream cheese icing.

Audrey Morrison

Audrey Morrison is a freelance writer, media critic, and self-taught Victorianist.

Astrid Hickey

Astrid is a 16-year-old Melbournian who one day hopes to be a diplomat and travel the world but for now she is stuck at high school and otherwise passes the time by reading, cooking and expressing her feminist rage.

Olivia Ferrucci

Olivia Ferrucci is a 16-year-old writer and editor based in New Jersey. When she isn’t working on her craft, she can frequently be found baking, listening to The Weeknd, and working on her own publication, Lithium Magazine. You can keep up with Olivia on Instagram.

Cecilia Nguyen

Cecilia Nguyen is a 16 year old who lives in Virginia. She loves writing, photography, cinematography, learning, and much more. Cecilia constantly strives to be the best and most authentic person she can be. You can follow her everyday life on Instagram here: @doublec03 and her photography here: @cecilia.newgian

 

Wen Hsiao

Wen Hsiao is a writer from Taipei, Taiwan. She spent the most part of her life moving around Asia. She enjoys cheesy love stories, angry breakup songs, and big bowls of instant noodles in bed. Wen hopes to publish her own collection of love stories and have a newspaper column one day. You can find her on Tumblr or on Twitter.

Dr DP

Freelance writer, doctor and wife hoping to make ‘wise and fit’ the new ‘pretty’.

Aishwarya Shrivastav

Aishwarya Shrivastav currently pursuing History hons from University of Delhi began writing poetry as a form of diary entry. She strongly believes in the revolutionary power of words and is a strong advocate of free hugs and free food. Bad at goodbyes and math.

Alice Fairweather

Alice Fairweather is a slightly sassy Scorpio who loves cats, comfy jumpers, and cheese. She is currently living in the ‘burbs of Brunswick, studying media & film full time, while struggling to be a real adult part-time. Alice divides her attention between annoying her friends with pointless BuzzFeed quizzes, and consuming far too many TV shows on Netflix. She hopes to one day create meaningful art, while taking life advice from her mum, Lena Dunham, and Clueless.

Olivia Wischmeyer

Olivia Wischmeyer is an artist from Denver, Colorado. Get in touch!

Paige Mathis

Paige is a writer and soon-to-be Music Journalism graduate, from Oxford, with a passion for literature, folk music and animals. She has an avid interest in fantasy and adventures, and when she’s not writing and doodling in her forest-like room, She loves listening to the rain and watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Aimée Green

Aimée Green is the Graphic Designer and Illustrator of Ramona Magazine for Girls. From the sleepy surfing town of Raglan, Aimée currently works as a freelance visual artist in London. In May 2017 she graduated a Massey Scholar with a Bachelor of Design, majoring in Photography, with First Class Honors. Aimée like swimmings in salt-water, reading her horoscope, and freshly squeezed orange juice (with pulp). Find her work at aimeegreen.co.nz

Ellis Graham

Ellis Graham was born in Scotland, and is proud to call Australia home. She currently resides in Melbourne, which is fortunate because it means she can afford to indulge her caffeine addiction in some exquisite laneway cafes. Ellis is also a thespian who loves theatre in all its forms, and likes impress (read: bore) her friends by reciting Hamlet at inconvenient times. You can follow her on twitter at @Ellis__Graham.

Chanel Retief

Chanel J Retief is a 23 years old student studying journalism, media and an English degree at one of South Africa’s top Journalism schools, Rhodes University. She is an aspiring author and her passion lies deeply in writing.
Chanel is the editor-in-chief at her university’s leading student press.
Follow Chanel on Instagram @chanel.red12

Ramona Langner

Ramona is a 29-year-old natural light photographer located in Augsburg, Germany. At the age of eleven she already took her mom’s camera and went out to explore the world. Ramona’s first picture that didn’t turn out blurred was a power line with birds on it.
A couple of years later she started to work as a freelance photographer for the local newspaper in her hometown. Ever since then Ramona’s passion became obsession. Documenting everyday life and capturing memories is more than just a job to her. Ramona’s mission in life is to inspire people to see beauty in the little things.
Check out her work on www.polaroidlover.blogspot.de or follow me on instagram.com/ralaphoto

Hannah Forsdike

Hannah is a writer currently living in Melbourne. She enjoys art, reading, feminism, red wine and aesthetic instagram feeds (@hannahtf_).

Zadie McCracken

Zadie Mccracken is a writer, performer and creative producer. Most of her work explores social life and cultural performativity. In addition to her practice, Zadie likes to-do lists, personality tests, glitter and television. You can find her all over the internet, but especially at her website and her Instagram, @zadiemccracken.

 

Brydie Nielson

Brydie Nielson is great at many things, but she is not great at writing her own ‘brief bio’. After a long consultation with her friends, she decided to go with this: when she’s not working in rabbit warrens or speaking in tongues, Brydie likes to drink wine out of coffee mugs and wear minimal clothing.

Morgan Amonett

Morgan is a sixteen-year-old writer currently living in Ohio, though she longs to someday hide in the mountains. When she isn’t reading the newspaper or drinking tea (which is all the time), she can be found writing, reading D.H. Lawrence novels, or pretending to do yoga. She is also on staff as a writer for Unfurled Magazine and Rose Water Magazine. She loves complicated beauty, but also has a great appreciation for the crudest elements of life. Indicative of this are her two favorite movies: Mullholland Drive and Norbit. She wholeheartedly recommends them both.

Maite Díez

Maite Díez is an digital illustrator. Find her work on her website.

Viv Mah

Viv Mah is the Social Media Director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is an RMIT journalism graduate who’s written for the Business Spectator, Canberra Times, Express Media and Movie Mezzanine among others. Viv has dabbled in literary agent-ing, theatre-interning, and product copywriting, but these days works as a financial communications assistant in the CBD. In her spare time, she loves practicing pilates, experimenting in the kitchen, circus arts and practicing self-love .

Elena Mitchell

A young Melbourne grown thinker, Elena cares about sustainability and growing people into contributors to the greater good. Currently working as an Au Pair in Stockholm she spends her day baking, playing with tiny humans, writing and exploring the city. Elena hopes to motivate the newest generation to live a busy, spontaneous and cohesive life.

Kim Hitchcock

Kim Hitchcock is a freelance writer and art curator. He loves writing about art and sport. Art interests include theatre, art exhibitions and concerts. He will watch and write about just about any sport. A recent graduate from the Master of Art Curatorship program at the University of Melbourne., his thesis was on Michelangelo’s sculptures for Pope Julius II’s tomb, looking at the display and reception of the sculptures. He also loves travel and lived overseas as a child in the Philippines and Kenya.

Jordan Thompson

Jordan Thompson is an 18-year-old photography student from Virginia, USA, interested in mixing fashion photography with fine art and surrealism. Find her photos on Flickr.

Melissa Barendsen

Melissa is a student at the Australian Institute of Music with a passion for music and writing. She has a BA in Professional and Creative Writing and Literature and creates latte art for ingrates to make ends meet while studying. She also loves to travel however Barista-ing doesn’t pay enough to indulge this interest often.

Paige Lambert

In an attempt to be a functioning human with some degree of subjective success, Paige (soda.) creates art using almost anything she can get her hands on. Believing that maybe the world will be nicer as long as its filled with beautiful and diverse things, she goes about trying to achieve this in the only way she knows how; creatively. Paige welcomes hugs and practically survives off pesto-drenched pasta. She also has a very important cat called Maxi.

Amanda Finlayson Park

Amanda is a Scottish-based freelance journalist with a keen interest in human and animal rights. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her feeding her true crime obsession, dancing to tunes from every decade, or spending money she doesn’t have on travelling. She tries to live by these words, “anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing!” You can follow her on Instagram @lotusflow3r88

Amanda Attanayake

Amanda Attanayake is an Editor of The Ramona Collective at Ramona Magazine for Girls. She lives in Melbourne in the leafy northern suburbs with her parents. Amanda has two amazing older sisters who are her idols, and a fabulous girl gang with whom she can knit, chat and be silly. Her body composition is probably 90% tea and 5% thoughts on Harry Potter. She loves listening to Radiohead on the tram and The Bugle at night. She is currently studying to be a physiotherapist and later hopes to travel the world and teach English overseas.

Harriet Donovan

Harriet is a self taught portrait photographer who uses film. She is currently based in the UK but will be in New Zealand from May onwards. Her photographs develop with her and contain many of her own traits, such as being raw and aloof, she likes to play with the possibilities of film by using double exposures and coloured filters.

Ayelen Lujan

Ayelén is 23 years old, living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is five subjects away from being licensed in advertising and is already working at an advertising agency. She is also a dancer and teacher. In her free time she loves to draw, listen to music and create imaginary choreographies in her mind. You can follow her on Instagram @heylen.draw

Olivia Hart

Olivia Hart is the Creative Writing Editor of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is a Melbournian by locale but hails from sunny North Queensland. Olivia has a Bachelors degree in Creative Writing and Film Theory and hopes to combine the two and become a film-making novelist someday soon.

Romi Endelmanis

Romi is a writer and lover of animals (especially her baby-dog Kasta). She lives in Tasmania and sometimes forgets to put pen to paper for long minutes because the wind dancing through the trees can become too beautiful to ignore. When she isn’t writing, Romi likes to curate her bookshelves, take her dog for walks, and make things out of watch parts. You can find her on Instagram (@wheretheromi & @wherethecollage) where, even if she is private, she enjoys letting people into her world.

Lachean Humphreys

Lachean is a Melbourne-based writer and magazine editor. She’s a University of Melbourne alumni who spent a year researching and writing about the ethics of book censorship, although her day-to-day ethics jam is around food and animal ethics. She contributes to travel magazines like Jetstar, likes to drink three+ varieties of tea a day, is a sporadic yoga enthusiast and an always advocate of GRL PWR, and spends the rest of her time explaining her name (it’s pronounced lock-een). Follow her travels, food tastings and book recommendations on Instagram @lacheanh.

Richa Gupta

Richa Gupta is an Editor of The Ramona Collective at Ramona Magazine for Girls, and a teen poet and blogger. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Moledro Magazine, an international literary magazine. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Literary Orphans, The Missing Slate, New Plains Review, and Poetry Quarterly, among others. She is a blog contributor with The Huffington Post and a youth blogger with Voices of Youth. Richa was born in 1999 and resides in Bangalore, India.

Freya Madders

Freya is a 19 year old student from Melbourne, who studies science. She loves hanging out with her friends, her two older brothers and cat, Zippo. She also enjoys anything ‘Summery’ – the beach, the sun, swimming. Freya dreams of travelling to many places and is hoping one day to move to Brooklyn, New York.

Franz Lang

Franz Lang is an Italian illustrator.  After successfully completing a BA in Fine Arts at the Academy of Venice, she moved to London (UK) where she now lives and works surrounded by plants. You can check out her website here.

Arielle Jennings

Arielle Jennings is a Brooklyn-based art educator and 2014 RISD Illustration alumna. When not creating intersectional feminist artwork and diverse children’s book illustrations, she can be seen baking chocolate bourbon pecan pies or binge-watching crime shows on Hulu. Her favorite color is blue and she has a love for scarves. Her artwork can be seen on her website and her Instagram/Twitter handle is @arimjenn.

Mabel Windred-Wornes

Mabel Windred-Wornes is a 17 year old girl living in a humble shack with her family in Melbourne, Australia. She loves taking photographs of her sister and friends, often in nature.  She loves drawing, stream of consciousness writing in the dark whilst listening to moody music and writing songs in her bedroom about the experience of being a teenage girl – lovesick, bursting with emotion, confused and yet intrigued. She has a folk duo with her sister called Charm of Finches and gigs around the country dragging along a rambunctious family of five. www.charmoffinchesband.com

Ferris Knight

Ferris Knight is a Melbourne-based writer who occasionally puts some sentences together but mostly just drinks too much caffeine.

Monyca Piter

Monyca Piter is almost not a teenager, but desperately avoiding being called an adult. As an aspiring writer and journalist, she studies journalism and creative writing in England. Blogger, (time) traveller, model, daughter and a dog person. Tea lover and coffee addict trying to find the best way to live, not just exist. Pierced and inked, fluent speaker in 3 languages. You can find more of her creative work at her blog – www.make-it-to-the-top.blogspot.co.uk

Olivia Ireland

Olivia–or Liv as she goes by–is a lost student attempting to “find herself” through studies and travel. In her spare time she invests diligently in creating trashy Instagram posts, running around Lake Burley Griffin and writing controversial articles for the pure joy of finding people to argue with.

Aisling Grey

Aisling is a teaching student in Melbourne, with a background in Indigenous and Gender studies. She loves tea, dogs, books, and music – playing, writing, listening to and watching live. She wants to leave the world a bit better than she found it, through creating supportive and inclusive communities and pushing for change – and she thinks Ramona can be a massive part of that.

Lauren Cohen

Lauren Cohen is a 23-year-old working in the event and tech industry in Boston. She is a McGill University alum, HGTV-addict, and avid tea drinker who goes on random painting sprees in her free time.

Sophie Rose

A girl trying to make her way in this crazy world (currently Toronto). Her heart is split amongst the lovely people who’ve allowed her into their lives. She’s writing a book about them, and this. If you want to be a part of it, email info@ramonamag.com about this piece and they’ll help get you in touch.

 

Lais Azevedo

Lais Azevedo is a 24 year old Brazilian, addicted to coffee, sunny days, and photography.
You can follow Lais on Instagram: @laazevedo, check out her Facebook and her Website!

Savannah Alvarado

Savannah Alvarado is a 15-year-old artist who first began seriously writing after discovering spoken word a few years back. Since then, poetry has become a way for her to cope with mental illness and, really, a way of life. She has branched out and draws inspiration from everything she can in life. Her biggest goals are to be authentic, and to always write the stories that need to be written, even when they may be difficult.

Jaz Yates

Jaz Yates is a 18-year-old Band Manager and Entertainment Management student based in Melbourne Australia. With a passion for music, exploring and experiencing what life has to offer, you might just see her contributing to one or two different music and life themed pieces for us here at Ramona. You can follow Jaz on Instagram @jazwithtea

Isadora J

Isadora J is a photographer. You can find her work on Flickr and Instagram.

Molly Costello

Molly Costello is a food-grower and community-minded artist based out of Chicago. Through her work she explores concepts of connectedness; with our whole selves, each other, our communities, the natural world, and the divinity of the universe at large. Visit her website, Etsy, Instagram, and Facebook.

Georgie Zuzek

Georgie is a Melbourne based illustrator with a penchant for the cute, and strives for a gentle, calm and inclusive style. Ever the optimist and inspired by the sweeter side of life, when not drawing she can be found concocting a mad scientist dessert or being carried by the scents wafting on the breeze at local markets. Barring all that, most likely hunting for buried treasure in Op Shops, and licking the windows of art supply stores.
Follow Georgie on Instagram and Facebook @TeawithGeorgie, or find her work at www.TeawithGeorgie.com

Rue

Rue is an avid contemplator of the universe and writer of many forms. Born and raised in British Columbia, Canada, she has recently taken an airplane halfway across the world to study English literature and creative writing at the University of Brighton. When she grows up she hopes to become Allen Ginsberg. Maybe minus the beard. For the occasional clever, but sad one-lined poem you can follow her on Instagram: @ruethename.

Grace Jarvis

Grace Jarvis is a first year university student in the throes of an arts degree based existential crisis. She was the recipient of the Queensland Theatre Company’s Young Playwright’s Award in 2015 and feels she needs to mention it constantly as it’s the most impressive thing she’s ever done. You can find her mucking around on twitter @grace4jarvis.

Gretel Müller

Gretel Müller is a 29-year-old journalist and copywriter from Argentina, born and raised in Patagonia and now based in Buenos Aires, where she started a career in Social Studies. Ever since her high-school years, she’s been a passionate advocate for equality and women’s rights, having written in several newspapers, sites and blogs on both political and social issues. Gretel is also part of an Academic Research team about popular culture, gender and fan studies. She chooses her bike over any other mean of transportation and loves strawberry mint ice cream. You can follow Gretel on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram: @gret_m

Raisa McLean

Raisa is an emerging artist from Melbourne. Her work includes installation, sculpture, photography, textiles and drawing. On top of her art practice she designs and accepts commissions for earrings. Raisa’s passions outside of art are mainly music, dance and psychology and she is a strong advocate for confronting and tackling stigma surrounding mental illness.

Anya Trybala

Anya Trybala AKA Ninoosh is a music producer, writer and founder of the feminist electronic music collective Synth Babes. Her debut album Floodgates is available on all leading platforms. From Melbourne.

Anne Six

Anne is an 18-year-old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is currently studying an arts degree, and hopes to continue down the path of gender studies and sexology. Her first poetry collection is scheduled for publishing in 2017, and centres around gender relations and sexuality. Through her writing, she hopes to promote self-love and expression, and encourage others to disregard the social constraints of the patriarchal system. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her puppy, or shopping to expand her already overflowing make-up collection. Follow her on instagram: @anne.six

Sarah Margaret

Sarah is a modern day pinup from Australia. Combining a love of vintage fashion with a modern cruelty free lifestyle.

Syd Hill

Find Syd Hill on Flickr.

Pauline Vercaza

Pauline Vercaza is a 17-year-old communication student and an aspiring writer. Apparently, she’s still in a trance of lucid sleepwalking; no one has yet figured out how to wake her up.

Lola Dunham

Keep up with Lola’s artwork on Flickr, Instagram, and her website.

Polina Podobedova

You can find Polina’s photographs on Flickr.

Rose Richards

Rose Richards is a photographer from Portugal. Visit her website.

Nahomy Ortiz

Nahomy (nah-eo-me) is a 17-year-old Puerto Rican feminist. One day she had a bad grade in Algebra, her mother took her smartphone away and in that period of time, without distractions, she discovered her love for writing. When she’s not writing she can be found listening to Hamilton, reading or watching Tavi Gevinson and Malala Yousafzai videos.

Katerina Shamilova

Katerina Shamilova is a 27-year-old photographer living in Moscow. Follower her work on her website and Facebook.

Peri Ewin

Peri Ewin is a photography student based in Brisbane, Australia. Focusing on shooting within the social documentary realm, Peri photographs current social issues through the storytelling of other people’s experiences in both honest and raw ways. Follow Peri on Instagram @bernardthebull, Tumblr, and at periewin.com.

Maddie Langley

Maddison is a passionate feminist who lives in regional New South Wales and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) at university. When she’s not busy running on the field for soccer and netball, she can be found curled up reading a book, or watching absurdly interesting documentaries. A lover of all things Salt N Pepa and 80’s pop hits, Maddie is never far from imparting 80’s pop lyrics into everyday life, much to the disdain of friends and family.

Lillian Gutteridge

Lillian is a would-be writer, photographer, world-traveller, and professional cat-cuddler, currently in high school. She loves pretty things and would quite like to live in a little cottage in the Scottish highlands. Or maybe by the sea in Denmark… Or in a library in Prague… She hasn’t quite decided yet. Her favourite things in the world are her family and friends. Follow Lillian on Tumblr.

Isabella Roxburgh

Isabella Roxburgh is the Sub-Editor of Ramona Magazine for Girls and a Melbourne-based feminist with a BA(Hons) in Sociology. She has published a course unit for high school students on gender identity and expression, developed training programs on the Rule of Law and gender bias, and is currently helping out at The Fabric Social as a grant-writer and fundraiser.

Quincy Malesovas

Quincy is a US native but an Australian at heart with a penchant for all things culture- sub, pop, alt, you name it. She wears many hats, one of which is blogger at Shugurcan and creator of FRINGE– a zine highlighting food, fashion, art and culture. You can read her musings on her aforementioned website, or catch her on Twitty and Insta.

Sophie Law

Sophie Law is a 22-year-old Scottish student living in Glasgow. She has an MA in International Relations and Sociology and is currently studying for her masters in Journalism. Her creativity spans from writing to art to fashion and she specialises in spending most of her time in charity and vintage shops feeding her addiction to lovely clothes. She hopes to always be creative in her future career and aims to travel to a new place every year. You can keep up with her life on Instagram and Twitter.

Sara Facchini

Sara Facchini is a photographer from Italy. Keep up with her work on Flickr and Facebook.

Alessandra Calò

Alessandra Calò was born in 1977, and now lives and works in Reggio Emilia, Italy. She independently developed her passion for art, starting with an emphasis on photography and moving towards an experimentation with materials and the creation of installations. Her projects have been shown in Italy, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, as well in international art festivals, galleries, and magazines. She has been awarded contemporary art prizes for her works, such as Fotografia Europea, Combat Prize, and O.R.A. Prize. Connect with Alessandra on her website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Leigh Baird

Leigh is a 17-year-old high school student with a passion for amateur photography and writing (and who is probably secretly a grandma).

Lucy Haley

Lucy is a 16-year-old coffee addicted student who has a passion for writing and helping others. Her favourite subjects at school are psychology, English and history and she is hoping to one day find a career involving journalism and psychology. In her spare time you’ll find her on the yoga mat or dreaming about travel and all the wonderful things in store for the future. Lucy’s dream is to inspire women and girls to be able to find peace and acceptance within themselves and not feel so self-conscious in their own bodies. She wholeheartedly believes everyone is beautiful in their own individual way and that everyone deserves the best chance at living a happy, healthy life.

Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay is an award winning writer, speaker and appearance activist. She challenges people’s thinking about what it’s like to have a visibly different appearance. She’s written for many publications including The Guardian, Daily Life, The ABC, Mamamia, Frankie magazine and SBS. Carly was named as one of Australia’s most influential women in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2014.

Read her blog and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Alisi Falevai

Alisi is a 23-year-old science student from Melbourne who has a lot of thoughts and feelings. In her quest to become a professional student, she hopes to take on a Graduate Diploma in Journalism next year after she finishes her Masters degree in Biotechnology. When she isn’t procrastinating or pretending to study, she can often be found at her blog, feeling feels and thinking thoughts. Follow her Tumblr.

Lexi Lawrence

Lexi Lawrence is a 16-year-old writer and online content creator from London. She is known for her blog www.lexilikes.com , where she writes about fashion, culture, travel, social issues and her life. She loves art and photography, watches far too much TV due to her fascination with film, and is obsessed with travelling to new places. Keep up with her work and adventures on Twitter and Instagram via @lexilikesblog.

Katherine Hannah

Katharine Hannah is a 19 year old, self-taught artist from the Chicagoland area currently in her second year at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. See her Flickr for more photographs.

Elise Braun

Elise Braun is a Melbourne-based feminist, postgraduate student, health researcher, and writer. She dabbles in painting, photography, sewing, and cooking.

Twitter: @EliseRBraun

Fe Mitikafe

Fe Mitikafe is a 21-year-old photographer from Italy. Find her works on Flickr and Instagram @mitikafe.

Emily Clements

Emily Clements is an all-round word wrangler and occasional colour smudger living in Footscray. She won the Melbourne Young Writers Award in 2014 and was recently shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize. She tweets and does the Instagram thing @Emily_Clementsy

Lucía Pereyra

Lucía Pereyra is a photographer from Uruguay. View her photographs on Flickr.

Kim Koelmeyer

Kim is a 20-year-old Australian Arts (Journalism) /Law student and writer, currently based in Shanghai, China. She likes things to the point of obsession, from anime to musical theatre to video games, and spends most of her time on the internet. She writes to clear her head of all the thoughts bouncing around up there.

Alexis Williams

Alexis lives in a small town in New Jersey. She absolutely loves coding in different languages like Java and Arduino, and aspires to get a corporate job working in IT or as a Systems Developer at one of her favorite Stores or Apps. Alexis loves to spend most of her spare time reading, writing, looking through her favorite fashion magazines, and participating in charity events through her school. Follow her on Instagram @alexisdenisew.

Margaryta Golovchenko

A poet and sometimes-artist, as well as the editor of two literary journals, Margaryta has probably heard every joke in the book about her name. She is an avid tea drinker who speaks three languages and is certain she was a hedgehog in her past life. She can be found sharing her (mis)adventures on Twitter @Margaryta505.

Zoila Molina

Zoila is an 18 year old photographer from Buenos Aires, her work is based mostly on portraits, with soft colors and natural light. She prefers film over digital, but likes digital photos that try to imitate film colors. The people on her portraits are usually friends, family, her boyfriend and herself. Visit her Flickr.

Wendy Sama

Wendy Sama is a 25 years old, French graphic designer and photographer. Her photographs always relate to something inside and hidden; her intentions are not to memorize or capture a moment, but to take time to observe and feel the images and feelings which cross us, by exteriorizing them. Her photographs often have strange and enigmatic atmospheres, just as the unconscious and introspection can be. Follow her on FlickrFacebook & Tumblr.

Vi (nie)ulotne

Find Vi (nie)ulotne on Flickr and Instagram.

Tiziana Gualano

Tiziana Gualano is a 23-year-old italian photographer who started photography when she was 16. She was born and raised in a town called Foggia, in the south of Italy. What fascinates Tiziana the most about photography is that with it she can be whomever she wants to be. Find her on Tumblr.

Tina Sosna

Tina Sosna is a 22 year old redhead photographer from Germany, full of nature, dreams, and love. Take a look at her BlogspotFlickrInstagram & Facebook.

Toni Stanger

Toni Stanger is a small, cold adult from England. She is a Film and Screenwriting graduate with a passion for cats, cinema and wine. She occasionally writes about film on her blog House of Psychotic Women and practically lives on Letterboxd.

Tanya September

Tanya’s art can be found on her Flickr.

Stephanie Massaro

Stephanie is a 22 year old self-taught photographer from Beachwood, New Jersey. Find her on her InstagramFlickrFacebook, & Website.

Stefanie Markidis

Stefanie is a writer and researcher from Melbourne, Australia. With a background in print journalism, she has worked for various Australian newspapers and magazines. Stefanie is undertaking a doctorate at RMIT University, through which she is investigating how female identity, writing, and eating practices are related. When she isn’t thinking about writing (or writing about thinking), Stefanie loves dancing (anywhere, anytime), feeling live music shake through her body, and walking through foreign cities without a map. Stalk her a little bit here and here.

Stacey Teague

Stacey Teague is a writer from Auckland, NZ. Her debut poetry collection, Takahē, was published by Scrambler Books in August 2014. She blogs here.

Sophie van Bastelaer

Sophie is a Beligian-American expat currently living in Toronto. Some of her favourite things include rain, TV shows that make her cry, other people’s birthdays, and baking chocolate chip cookies. Find her on Instagram @sophie_rose_vb and Twitter @svanbastelaer and tell her your stories.

Sophie Charlotte

Sophie Charlotte is a 22 year old photographer from northern Germany. When she’s not taking pictures, she works with vegetables, nature and the climate. She is interested in young people, queer lives, and uncertainty. Find her on her website and Flickr.

Sophie Reymond

Sophie is a twenty-something woman, passionate about life and about making the most of it. After graduating from unversity, she decided that her first priority was to come to terms with her mental health issues and bad body image. Now that she at peace with herself and feeling good in her own skin, all she wants is to inspire and help people fighting the same battles. Follow her Instagram @absoluteselflove.

Sofia Higgins

Sofia Higgins is a photographer from Puerto Rico. Take a look at her Flickr and Facebook page.

Sofy Brinister

Sofy can be found on Flickr.

Selma Reis

Selma is a Spanish photographer based in Barcelona who creates portrait, fine art, lifestyle, and fashion photography. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and her website.

Savannah Mullings-Johnson

Savannah Mullings-Johnson is a bubbly nineteen year old who advocates feminism, reading and equality for the LGBT community.  Savannah is a lover of Country music, bands, reading, the smell of lemons, comic books and fluffy puppies. She is an avid reader, blogger and journalist who believes that every girl should defy the norm and aspire to be whatever their heart desires. You can often find her on her blog, or twitter @itssavvyyy6.

Sarah Bernhard

Sarah Bernhard is a photographer from Hamburg, Germany. You can find her on her website, Flickr, & blog.

Sara Lorusso

Sara Lorusso is a 21-year-old photographer who lives in Bologna where she creates mainly analogue images that are inspired by her everyday life. She tries to express her love for life, especially the daily things like waking up, brushing her teeth, playing with her cats, and kissing her boyfriend, through photography. Follow her on Facebook.

Sara Giorgio

Sara Giorgio’s photography can be found on Flickr.

Sandra Lazzarini

Sandra Lazzarini is an Italian photographer who loves flowers and photographing girls with their faces covered or with their backs to those who observe them. Find her on her website and Flickr.

Sandy Hsu

Sandy Hsu is a nineteen year old singer-songwriter / artist / musician / creative human from Melbourne, Australia. She is currently studying contemporary music interactive composition at the Victorian College of the Arts. Visit Sandy’s Bandcamp and follow her on twitter (@SandyHsu_) and Instagram (@sandyshoe)


Ruth Richards

Ruth is beginning researcher into feminist philosophy, film and animation theory. When not reading about film, she’s usually watching a film instead. Follow her on Twitter @RuthElizabeth_R.

Rosie Hendry

Rosie is a 27 year old self-taught illustrator from England. She’s ‘inkspired’ by myths and folklore, heroines and beasties, quirky patterns, striking lines and bad puns. She recreates her strange little daydreams in pen and watercolour. Find her on Instagram.

Rosie Brock

Rosie Brock is an 20-year-old photographer, currently based in New York City and studying at the School of Visual Arts. See more of her work on her website.

Rose Sejean

Rose is a music editor at Ramona and also works for a pretty cool record label in Sydney, Australia. xx

Romy Listo

Romy Listo is a 23 year old self-taught, mixed-media collage artist from the sunny climes of Brisbane, Australia. She loves yoga, coffee and is a PhD student in sociology in her other life, where she spends her days thinking about the world and all its messy and wonderful contradictions. You can find her on instagram @wheretheromi and @wheretheartsy and youtube @wheretheromi.

Resa Rot

Resa is a 36 year old photographer from Leipzig, Germany. Find her on Facebook.

Rebecca Took

Rebecca Took is a 20-year-old writer, reader and bookseller based in Birmingham, UK, having currently paused a BA in English Literature & Language at Oxford University. Ex-ballet dancer, she is especially interested in our self-destructive subscription to societal body ideals. Take a look at her blog.

Rebekah McDonald

Rebekah is a 25 year old feminist who is yet to find her place in the world. She recently completed her Honours in Criminology, writing a thesis entitled ‘Rape Culture? Trivialised, Condoned and Eroticised Sexual Violence in Popular Culture’. She spend her free time snuggling with her cats and planning grand adventures!

Rachel Ang

Rachel Ang is a freelance illustration artist, comics enthusiast, and architecture student. She was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is now based in beautiful Aarhus, Denmark. Follow her on Instagram @rtwa and visit her website.

Pipi Gimenez

Pipi Gimenez is a 19 year old photographer from Argentina. Find her on Flickr.

Orsolya Boncsér

Follow Orsolya on her website and Flickr.

Olivia Dileo

Olivia Dileo is 17 and lives near Rome, Italy. She recently started to be fascinated by photography; she loves the fact that sentiments are stuck inside photographs. Check out her work here.

Nunzia Lollo

Nunzia Lollo is a young photographer based in a little town near Rome. She loves photography and her camera is always with her. She hopes her work will be appreciated and enjoyed. Follow her on Facebook.

Nicky Valdes

Nicky Valdes is a wise gal, regular lady and all-around BFF. She’s not famous, but celebrated like an obscure Coppola is celebrated. She’s also a writer. Follow Nicky at Regular Lady.

Nazifatur Rahmi

Nazifatur Rahmi is a graphic designer based in Jakarta. She works as a full-time graphic designer in one of the biggest e-commerce companies in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is an independent girl who is eager to learn new things and loves to draw, especially portraits. She loves writing as well, to express her thoughts about the world and its complicated matters. Most of her writings are about self-doubt, faith, dreams and reality. In 2014, she graduated from Paramadina University majoring in visual communication design. Her world is mostly about design, drawing, reading and writing. You can find some of her drawings on her Instagram account @nazifaturrahmi or visit her Behance.

Myrtle Yvonne Ragub

Myrtle is an aspiring pre-med student who writes in her spare time. She finds pure joy in taking solitary walks, reading books, listening to good music, learning various things and just simply leaning her face on a cold window. She believes that the Turkey Farm can’t accommodate us all. Check out her blog.

Molly Mckew

Molly Mckew is a Music Editor of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She enjoys writing and music and as a teenager devoured any life advice she could find. She hopes Ramona will help to fill the void for any young people currently in the same boat.

Mina Dimitrovski

Mina Dimitrovski is an analog photographer from a small town, Zrenjanin, in Serbia. She has been taking photos on film for quite a while and is interested in self-exploring through taking self portraits. She sees them as a way of communicating and getting to know herself better. Vivid colors, soft light, nice skin tones, true emotions, and atmosphere are what she tries to show on her photographs. Telling stories with photographs is sometimes not enough for her, as she’s in a quest for a surreal eye candy. Portraits of her friends, architecture, and nature are her inspiration. And it’s all on film! Find her photographs on Flickr and Facebook.

Miranda Millen

Miranda Millen is an artist based in Melbourne, she enjoys people with wrinkles and facial jowls. Follow her work on her website, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr.

Michaelanne Foster

Michaelanne Foster is an illustrator who currently resides in Southern Spain. She teaches English, paints, and eats lots of tapas, of course. See her work on her website.

Mikaela Felstead

Mikaela Felstead works as a qualified naturopath and nutritionist at OWN Health in Brisbane. Originally from country Victoria, Mikaela grew up in a beautiful mud brick house built by her parents, surrounded by a 5 acre bush block. To this day, she still finds peace and comfort in the sounds of a kookaburra’s laugh, rain on the roof at night, and the summery groan of a lawn mower. Mikaela loves Christmas, papaya, AFL, being at the beach, soaking up the sunshine with her bare feet on the grass, and hearing her daughter giggle hysterically when her daddy tickles her.

Meggie Royer

Meggie Royer is a writer and photographer from the American Midwest who is majoring in psychology at Macalester College. Her poems have appeared in many collections and journals, including Words Dance Magazine, The Harpoon Review and Melancholy Hyperbole. She has won national medals for her poetry and a writing portfolio in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and was the Macalester Honorable Mention recipient of the 2015 Academy of American Poets Student Poetry Prize. You can visit her website here.

Marion Lanciaux

Marion Lanciaux can be found on Facebook & Flickr.

Marlin Helene

Marlin is an 18-year-old student from Northern Germany and she looks forward to finishing her final exams this summer so she can finally do what she really wants to do. Marlin loves nature and tries to protect it as much as she can. She’s also in love with analog cameras and photography. Follow her on Flickr.

Mara Saiz

Mara’s great passion is people, and her tool to get through them is her camera. She likes to think of herself as a photographer of souls. You can check out her website here, her Facebook page here, and follow her on Instagram @marasaiz.photo.

Makeda Sandford

Makeda Sandford is a sassy 21 year old self-taught photographer, designer, and writer, hailing from the blue ridge mountain valley of North Carolina. She loves all things social justice, pretty colors, and observing the beautiful, breathing world around her. Find her photographs on her website.

Mai Ly Degnan

Mai Ly Degnan is a Florida born illustrator, currently based in Baltimore, MD. She earned her BFA in Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design, as well as her MFA in Illustration Practice at the Maryland Institute College of Art.  Mai Ly is obsessed with tedious line work, pattern making, and creating humorous illustrations that make light of unfortunate events.  She enjoys juxtaposing upsetting subject matter with children’s-book-like illustrations. This pairing of opposites often comes across as quirky and offbeat, which is exactly her aesthetic.

Lucy Hotchin

Lucy Hotchin grew up mostly in Melbourne and spends most of her time now hiding out in her room with her life partner greyhound named Roy. She has a Bachelor in Performing Arts and plans on being a student forever. Besides her love of all things dog like, she spends time writing, reading, watching tv shows, drawing/painting and being a homebody. When she leaves the house you may find her directing, writing or acting in the odd piece of theatre every now and then, working as a Barista and drinking too much coffee or studying Creative Arts Therapy where she hopes to continue on into Masters. She is an advocate for mental health awareness and destigmatisation as well as an avid feminist and equal rights advocate. She is queer and a lover of all people who enjoy a coffee and a chat, most of her time is spent managing her mental illness and enjoying the small things and writing sentences that are maybe too long.

Liat Meir

Liat Meir, AKA Forever A Sleepwalker, is a 27 year old photographer from Israel. Find her work on Facebook,  Flickr, & Tumblr.

Leah Pellegrini

Leah Pellegrini is a Brooklyn-based writer, photographer, and creative communications strategist. She is also an avid doodler, a devoted journal-keeper, an avocado toast aficionado, and a concrete jungle explorer. She believes in small beauties, the significance of serendipity, and the healing powers of a sunset and a mug of hot tea. You can follow her on her Instagram account @leahcpell or find more of her work on her blog called The Core Stories.

Leanne Surfleet

Leanne Surfleet is a photographer from and currently living in a small town in the UK. For the past 5+ years, Leanne has been shooting mainly self-portraits which has been a way of dealing with a lot of anxieties and facing the idea of her own mortality. Leanne says that “photography can often be a kind of therapy.” You can see her work on her websiteFlickr, & Facebook.

Kristina Zdravkov

Kristina is a film photographer. You can see her work here and here.

Kristina Nazariyan

Kristina (or Christina as she sometimes refers to herself) Nazariyan is a Russian 17-year-old with a love of writing, photography, art, music, food, literature, film, history, geography, and dance, to name a few. She speaks English, Russian, French, and German, and plans to travel the world, help people, and complete everything on her continually growing bucketlist on the way. You can check out Kristina’s blog here, her VSCO account here, and her Instagram here.

Kaylee Rankin

Kaylee Rankin is a cat loving, plant eating Fine Arts student living in the ‘burbs of sunny Sydney. She enjoys long walks on the beach, growing herbs in tiny pots and making clothes. Kaylee is passionate about ethics, sustainability and body positivity. You can find her on Instagram as @kayleejean where she posts photos of her cats and attempts to be witty.

Katie Buddle

Katie Buddle is a feminist researcher and writer living on stolen Gadigal land in Inner West Sydney. They are interested in gender theory, mental health and ecological concerns such as the complexities and heartache of living through climate crisis. They enjoy poetry, singing, playing video games and dungeons and dragons. You can check in with Katie’s twitter here.

Kaitlyn Lafferty

Kaitlyn Lafferty is a gallery host at the Denver Art Museum in Denver, CO. She writes and sells a really personal perzine called perpetual ambivalence about her misadventures and wonderment with all things life. Right now, she attends community college of Denver, working towards becoming a geologist. Outside of work and school, she is an artivist and organizer with a focus on energy justice and reclaiming emotions. She is passionate about nature, art and all the small beauties of living. If she could be any color at this point in her life, it would be a delicate shade of pastel salmon. Keep up with Kaitlyn on Facebook & Etsy.

Julie Young

Julie Young is a currently a senior in high school. Tigress magazine is Julie’s first writing internship but she is hoping to do more in the future. Julie has a passion for photography, veganism, running, swimming, and writing.

Julia Banks

Julia Banks is 18 years old and from Melbourne, Australia. She likes pink, The Rubens, and the smell of permanent marker.

Joy Gómez Kolber

Joy Gómez Kolber is a 28-year-old little woman from Argentina. She was born in Santa Rosa, a small city in La Pampa, but now she’s based in Buenos Aires. She’s a freelance illustrator (and this is what she loves the most). She’s in love with music, rainy days, coffee, pizza, aliens, and inspiring humans. Follow Joy on Facebook and Instagram.

Joana Meneses

Joana is from Portugal and was born in a cold and grey day of December in 1994. She’s passionate about life and every little thing that is a part of it. Joana is an amateur photographer and thinks everything in life is art. That’s why she loves photography: because she is able to freeze something that she enjoys to watch, or a moment. Lately photography has been like a therapy for Joana and she’s currently doing a 365 photography project. She loves photography in general but her favorite type is definitely portraiture. Follow her on Flickr and Instagram.

Jodie Matthews

Jodie Matthews is a writer with a penchant for the bittersweet. An art school drop-out, Jodie ran from the beautiful Cornish countryside and found herself in the smoggiest city, Stoke on Trent, where she works as a nine to five Technical Writer and a full time creative. Her number one aim when writing is to be self-questioning, honest, and invoke a feeling of nostalgia. She has been published by Black and Blue, Parallel Mag, Ladybeard and more. Her newest collection of poetry ‘Live With the Lump in Your Throat’ is available via lulu.com. She enjoys coffee and romance (both bittersweet) and dislikes writing about herself in the third person. Find her on her website and on Instagram @jodiermatthews and Twitter.

Jessica Stone

Jessica Stone is currently a senior in college who loves every minute of it, but can’t wait to graduate and explore more of the world. She is majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Statistics and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She’s an avid golfer and theater-goer, who loves listening to the British Invasion and Country stations on Pandora. She loves Audrey Hepburn, English chocolate, videos or pictures of dogs, and olive oil popcorn. For Jessica, tea and laughter are the meaning of life.

Jenny Williams

Jenny Williams is a painter and illustrator. Her blog, What My Daughter Wore, was named one of the 25 Best Blogs of 2013 by Time, and has attracted a loyal and enthusiastic following. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York, Rolling Stone, and The Source. She has been profiled in numerous art/fashion publications, including Spanish Vogue, Vogue.com,  Refinery 29, and die Zeit. She works and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three children.

Jenny Pereira

Jenny Pereira is a literature student and a freelance amateur illustrator from Caracas , Venezuela. She is a watercolor lover and is inspired by people, places, big hair, music  tattoos, books, fashion and almost everything that catches her attention. There’s something about drawing and painting that will always make her smile. Follow her on Tumblr, Instagram, and Flickr!

Jennifer Wiessner

Jennifer Wiessner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) certified Sex Therapist whose Cumberland, Maine-based private practice focuses on achieving healthy sexuality for her clients. Jennifer’s goal is to assist those with sexual dissatisfaction to experience the joys of healthy intimacy and sexual health. Jennifer currently works with couples and individuals and provides consultation sessions for parents wishing to encourage developmentally healthy sexuality in their children. In addition, Jennifer has participated in advanced trainings in sexuality including being a member and only therapist of the inaugural class of the Sexual Health Scholars Program for medical students conducted by the American Medical Students Association in 2010.  This six month intensive program focused on sexual health education and awareness for medical students.  She also was the first certified female Sex Therapist in Maine. Jennifer is passionate about educating the community and conducts local workshops on Raising Sexually Healthy Children.  Jennifer is a wife and mother of two young boys.

Jasmine Rubio

Jasmine Rubio can be found on Blogspot.

Jana Martish

Jana Martish is a photographer from Slovakia, in love with analog photography, sunlight, poetic stories, nature, colors, and travelling. And in love with being in love. Visit her website.

Ida A

Find Ida’s photographs on her Flickr.

Hope Antonellis

Hope is a quirky 17-year-old making her way through her senior year in high school. Passionate about making things with her hands, writing, and moving her body like an aquatic animal, she aspires to work for the arts and make the best sandwiches for picnics. Hope is still exploring her talents as she dabbles with photography, poetry, painting, and all sorts of expression. Tigress Magazine is her first internship for the arts, and most likely not her last. You can find her everyday teen silliness and amateur pieces on Instagram @skunky.punky_.

Haylee Penfold

Haylee Penfold is a bubbly eighteen year old from beachside Newcastle, Australia. She’s a passionate bookworm, blogger, and pursuing writer who strongly enjoys the taste of pizza and the sight of kittens– also a strong believer in chicken wraps over thigh gaps. Follow Haylee on Instagram and her blog.

Gabrielle Rosenstein

As a BFA graduate from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Gabrielle Rosenstein works as a freelance illustrator, designer, and Media Manager at Vubiquity in Southern CA. By utilizing the unique qualities of digital illustration, she creates dynamic characters, each manifesting their own satirical psychology and identity. Check out her website and Instagram, and follow her #365DrawingChallenge here.

Georgie Kirton

Georgie Kirton is a 16-year-old student from Christchurch, New Zealand. Fascinated by arts, they have a keen interest in visual arts and photography, as well as being a dedicated musician. Social justice has always held a place in their heart, and they are an active member of the LGBT community in their area, being a co-founder of their school’s ‘gay club’ support group. They are currently in a long distance relationship with their partner who is also from New Zealand but is currently based in Paine, Chile. You can find them on Instagram @heauxbo.

Gabriela Azel

Find Gabriela on Tumblr, Flickr, and Instagram @dogtooth.

Federica Santolamazza

Federica Santolamazza is a 22-year-old self-portrait artist based in Roma. Follow her work on Flickr.

Eve Dangerfield

Eve Dangerfield has loved romance novels since she first started swiping her grandmother’s paperbacks. Now she writes her own sexy tales about complex women and gorgeous-but-slightly-tortured men. Eve currently lives in Northcote with her lovely sister and a rabbit named Billy. When she’s not writing she can usually be found drinking, dancing or making a mess. Check out her website.

Eugenia Loli

Eugenia is a filmmaker and a modern vintage collage artist. Before art, Eugenia was in the technology sector. She is originally from Greece, but lives in California. Take a look at her FacebookInstagramTumblrFlickrTwitter, & Etsy.

Eryn Lougheed

Eryn Lougheed is an illustration student at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. She also enjoys making jewelry and taking photos. Follow her on Instagram and Tumblr.

Erika Pellicci

Erika Pellicci was born July 29, 1992 and began photography when she was 16. She studies a painting course at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and studies tailoring at another school. Through photography she tries to express emotions and dreams. Erika’s photos aim to represent reality, seen through the dreamy mind of a child or a teenager.

Erandhi Mendis

Erandhi Mendis is a 20 year old Commerce student/burrito enthusiast whose first real crush was Seth Cohen. In her spare time she handwrites tattoos for people, watches Seinfeld re-runs and listens to Blink 182. Often confused with fictional cartoon character Daria.

Emily Dozois

Emily Dozois is an 18-year-old photographer from Ontario, Canada. She is known mostly for her conceptual self-portraits that are mainly inspired by her struggles with a severe lung disease. At the age of fifteen, Emily discovered photography and the artistic freedoms it gave her to express the troubles that she faces on a daily basis in a healthy way. Since then, Emily has not stopped creating with the hopes that her images can inspire others to do the same. See her photographs on Flickr.

Emily von Euw

Emily von Euw is creator of the award-winning recipe blog, This Rawsome Vegan Life. She is the bestselling author of two cookbooks: Rawsome Vegan Baking and 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks. She is working towards a history degree at university. Emily lives in BC, Canada with her family. She loves trees, pigs, Kubrick films, dreams, hot baths, dancing to Mariah Carey songs, green smoothies, baked yams, raw chocolate almond butter cups and getting back massages. You can find Emily at her website, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Elodie Silberstein

Elodie Silberstein is an installation artist, a director and a PhD candidate in the Film, Media and Communications Program at Monash University (Melbourne – Australia). Her current research investigates the evolution of the depiction of girlhood from a transhistorical and transnational perspective with a focus on the social construction of femininity and the geopolitics of beauty. Parisian originally, she is now based in Melbourne, her adopted city where she has fallen in love with the creative and inclusive edge.

Elise Langford

Elise is an international relations and politics student living in Brisbane. She loves making new friends, exploring outdoors and crafting. It is her life goal to meet Leslie Knope.

Diana Spatariu

Diana Spatariu is 23 years old. She lives and studies medicine in Constanta, Romania. Follow her on Flickr.

Dejah Greene

Dejah Greene is a 22-year-old semi-self taught photographer from Maryland. Dejah has been shooting photographs for about seven years and focuses on appreciating the beauty in simplicity. Along with shooting portraiture, Dejah also enjoys documenting life through photographs. Follow Dejah on Instagram @greeneuphorias, Tumblr, Facebook, and her website.

Del Santana

Del Santana is a photographer from Brazil who likes creating stories and making them real with her camera. Follow Del on her blog, Instagram, and website.

Dani Leever

Dani Leever is a 21-year-old writer, film producer, PR manager, radio station editor, researcher, jewellery maker, activist, storyteller and whatever new hobby she’s decided she’ll tackle this week. Dani is interning with Tigress and Archer Magazine (a gender and sexuality magazine) while writing for lip mag, VICE, Broadsheet and more. She likes vinyls, Wes Anderson films, her cat Alfie, podcasts and this year wants to win an Emmy (chances are slim-none).

Clemence Leclerc

Clemence Leclerc is a young French photographer. She is 18 and catches the beauty of people and little moments of life with her camera. She considers photography as a therapy to accept ourselves and tries to make people feel better about themselves by photographing them. Follow her work on Flickr, Facebook, Tumblr, and Youtube.

Claudia Morales

Claudia is a 20-year-old student based in Gran Canaria studying Graphic Design. She loves analogue photography, independent films, french fries, and Blink 182. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

Claire Wastell

Claire is 18 years old and is from Melbourne, Australia.  Her favourite colour is the blue of the ocean, she loves the smell of hot chips in winter, and she tells all her friends they are amazing no matter what.

Clair Wainwright

Clair Wainwright is a virgo baby that loves copious amounts of gelato, sparkles and baths. Whilst listening to old classics she would rather stay inside in front of a fire until the sun blesses her with its warmth so she can be amongst nature again, one of the purest joys in life. Clair is also avid in painting the town in all kinds of colour via electricvibes.com.au: a space to thrive exploring fashion, art, music and writing. A special thank you to Wayne’s World and Patti Smiths ‘Just Kids’ for always being there for her. Keep up with Clair on her website, Instagram @electricvibesblog and @electricvibesTumblr, and Pinterest.

Chiara Salvi

Chiara Salvi is an Italian artist born in Florence in 1993. Traveling and exploring made her a photography enthusiast. In 2012, Chiara moved to London and in 2013, she started my Photography Degree at the London College of Communication. She has now graduated and is trying to make her way through the art world. Follow her on Instagram and check out her website.

Chiara Baldassarri

Chiara Baldassarri is a 26-year-old Italian photographer. She loves to represent her emotions through digital and analog photography. Find her on Flickr, TumblrFacebook, Behance, and her website.

Chiara Cappetta

Chiara, 18, is an Italian girl and photography is her passion. Seeing the world through her lens is what makes her live, and not just survive. In every photo you can find a piece of Chiara. Take a look at her Facebook page.

Celia Gómez de Villavedón

Celia Gómez de Villavedón is a photographer from Spain. See her work on her websiteFlickr & Facebook.

Céline Floyd

Céline Floyd is an 18-year-old Canadian and French artist whose primary forms of expression are photography, film, and writing. You can probably find her in thrift shops, binge watching Netflix, dancing around to pretty much any type of music from any decade, or creating content for different zines, magazines, sites, or art shows. You can find her on Instagram @celflow and more of her work on her website.

Catarina Inácio

Catarina Inácio is a photographer from Portgual. About her work, Catarina says:

“My dream is to become a great photographer. I want to show my feelings with photography, and create new stories based in my daily life. And I’m proud of my evolution in photography. I live with my issues and insecurities, and sometimes it’s hard to communicate and smile to life, although I know that I can’t give up, and I have to keep doing what makes me happy and live everyday with patience and calm. Photography is one of my forms of therapy, it is what makes me happy and it is what makes me feel free.” See her work on Flickr.

Briony Brake

Briony Brake is a student at Oxford Brookes University in the UK. She is a writer and editor on her own film blog, Talk Movie To Me, and her new online site for young women, Anthem. She has also written for Hanna, and is interning with Tigress to write, edit and work social media. She likes film, tea, and eating.

Billie Morris

Billie Morris is a freelance female artist living in Victoria, Australia. She is 22 but still feels 12. She struggles to stick to one medium but does mostly Collage and Illustration, both digital and on paper. Take a look at her website.

Azul Portillo

Azul Portillo can be found on TumblrFlickr, & Instagram.

Ariel Leung

Ariel Leung is an 18-year-old girl in New York City. She enjoys shooting 35mm film and Polaroids. See more on her FlickrInstagram, and Tumblr.

Arianna Ceccarelli

Arianna Ceccarelli is a 21 years old Italian girl who live in Rome. She’s been taking photos for 4 years and loves portrait, fashion, and conceptual photography. Follow her on Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, and Instagram.

Angela Page

Angela Page is a writer and musician from Florida. She earned a BA in English from the University of Central Florida, and an MFA in Writing from Goddard College. Her poetry has been published in venues such as The Mom Egg, Bathhouse Journal, Freefall Magazine, and The Casserole. Currently, she is seeking publication for her poetry collection, Speaking with My Second Mouth.

Anais Nannini

Anaïs is a photographer from France. See her photographs on her Flickr, Facebook and website.

Amy Diver

Amy Diver is a writer and editor based in Melbourne. Her published works include interviews, poetry and short stories. She enjoys queer stories, feminism and cat videos. Find her on Twitter @diver_amy.

Ambivalently Yours

Ambivalently Yours is a feminist artist. Find her on her Tumblr, Facebook, and website.

Alyssa Duhe

Alyssa Duhe is a connoisseur of puns and witty copy. Graphic Designer by day and doodler by night. You can find her roaming around Southern California, hiking in National Parks, or making zines. Find her on TumblrInstagram, & her website.

Alyssa Bedford

Alyssa Bedford is a poet, writer, and muralist studying for a BSBA. She has self published a collection of poetry and has a blog at whenpoetsbleed.tumblr.com. She adores reading, mountain climbing, cheesecake, The Zolas, snuggling with cats, and seeing kindness in people.

Ali Coulton

Ali Coulton is a 23-year-old journalist from Wollongong. She’s most commonly found looking at dogs, dancing like a drunk parent, following cats around her neighbourhood, telling kids to get off her lawn and laying on the floor.

Alina Autumn

Alina Autumn is a 23-year-old photographer from Russia. Follow her photography on her Instagram and Flickr.

Alexia Bruijlants

Alexia Bruijlants is a 15-year-old high school student from Belgium. She likes to share her love for music and poetry with her family and friends. Feminism and politics both play a big part in her life. You can find her on Instagram at @alexiabruijlants.

Alex Creece

Alex Creece is an abstract concept in thigh-high socks. She is a necessary evil. Don’t bother looking for the body, but feel free to look for more of her work here.

Alessandra Scalogna

Alessandra Scalogna born in Ragusa Italy  in 1983 and works in an accounting firm in the same city. Photography is her passion and represents a very personal way to free and detach herself from the rest. She loves to realize poetic images full of mystery to make anyone (or you) dream and provide new sensations. Check out her photos on Flickr, Photovogue, and Instagram.

Aleksandra Wiktoria

Alex, born in 1997, is a Polish girl living in United Kingdom. For her, photography is a way of exploring the world and expressing herself. Visit her Flickr, and her Tumblr for her analogue works.

Alana Cole

Alana Cole is a young unprofessional who enjoys home workouts to Taylor Swift, avoiding her parents, and reading her teenage diaries.

Agus Cabaleiro

Agus Cabaleiro is a photographer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. See her FlickrFacebook, & Tumblr.

Adrianna Wojciechowska

Adrianna Wojciechowska is a twenty-year-old student of Polish philology living in Poland. Her works are for her a form of therapy, a way to manage with excess of emotion, not only those negative. She is interested in literature and art. She loves summer mornings and autumn nights. Her works are available on Flickr and Facebook.

Adeline Nieto

Adeline is an aspiring teacher, author, and artist. She believes in leaning into ambiguity to find authenticity. Adeline has been published in Rethinking Schools Magazine and Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice. Her artwork can be found here and you can follow her on Instagram @ebbsnflowsphoto.

Sophie Pellegrini

Sophie Pellegrini is the Co-Founder and Artistic & Creative Director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is a 25-year-old photographer and wilderness therapy field guide in Colorado. She loves crafting, playing acoustic guitar, 90s music, the smell of summer, making lists, a good nap, cuddly animals, and the cold side of the pillow. Follow Sophie on her website and on Instagram.

Eleonora Arosio

Eleonora Arosio is a freelance illustrator based in Melbourne, but hopes to have many bases around the world. Born in 1992, shelike many creativesdeveloped a passion for drawings at an early age. Many years after that, she graduated from NABA Academy in Milan and started dedicating herself to illustrations, focusing her work on ironic everyday aspects from a woman’s point of view. Follow Eleonora on Instagram @pinciroduga and see the rest of her work on her website.

Connie Tran

Connie is a 19-year-old Media student attempting to successfully navigate her way through this thing we call life. A lover of breakfast foods and all things floral, you can usually spot her curled up in a cozy corner on campus with her laptop—hopefully being productive. Check out her Insta (it’s still a work in progress) at @connie___tran.

Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine. She is a writer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia who loves dreary grey days, libraries and coffee.
With a passion for grassroots activism and creative community, Freya began Ramona Magazine as an alternative to boring, image-obsessed media. Ramona Magazine is founded upon Freya’s core values of creative expression, equality, kindness and a little bit of feminist rage. You can follow her @thecinnamonsociety

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