Illustration by Ayelen Lujan
Dear Ramona Family,
Welcome to 2018!
What a year 2017 was. Personally, it was a pretty epic year for me with the birth of my first daughter, Aurora. I have had a lovely break getting to know Aurora, motherhood, and a new way of life. It’s chaotic and life-changing, but I am ready to throw myself back into Ramona as much as I can whilst keeping a little person alive.
Last year was pretty awesome from Ramona, too, as we grew our community and released our third print edition, which you can purchase here.
We are looking forward to another full year at Ramona. We can’t wait to read your stories, see your art, meet new feminists, and continue to smash the patriarchy together.
I hope you’re feeling full of creativity, hope, and excitement for the year ahead! We certainly are! We have so much awesome content to share with you, so keep your eyes peeled as we return to our regular posting schedule this week. I can’t wait to jump right in!
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
Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is a writer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia who has a passion for youth rights and mental health. To combat her own battle with anxiety and hypochondria, you can find Freya boxing, practicing yoga, taking sertraline and swimming in the ocean. She believes in opening up about her mental health struggles and shining a light on what is not spoken about. Freya welcomed her first daughter, Aurora into the world on the 21st of November, 2017 and spends her days building blocks, reading stories and completely exhausted. With a passion for grassroots activism and creative community, Freya began Ramona Magazine as an alternative to boring, image-obsessed teen media. The magazine is founded upon Freya’s core values of creative expression, equality and kindness. You can follow her on Instagram @thecinnamonsociety