Writing by Freya Bennett // Illustration by Helena Ravenne
Hello and welcome to Breast Buddies, a new fortnightly column covering the all important topic of boobs! I mean we can talk about boobs until the cows come home and we’d still have endless themes to cover right? If you’re a boob owner or just a card-carrying member of the boob appreciation society, welcome, pull up a giant novelty boob chair, and read on.
I decided to start this project out of a need to learn to love my own body. I’ve struggled with body image issues since I was 14, when my boobs decided to just grow and grow and grow. They obviously love the alphabet and want to experience every letter there is! G is currently their favourite and I’m hoping they decide they’ve experienced enough alphabet soup for a lifetime and stay put.
Not only did I have to deal with the physical discomfort of having big boobs but also the attention they garnered was absolutely awful, the worst being old men and male family members feeling they had the right to comment on my teenage body. YUK!
Girls go through puberty before boys do, and often, when they’re still children. I began growing boobs at age 10 and the shift from being a carefree kid to having to grow up is so sudden it can be frightening. And this isn’t because we’re ready to grow up, it’s because suddenly we are being sexualised by peers, adults and society. Part of my mission in life is to change this. I don’t want any kid or teenage girl having to go through what I went through!
In an attempt to start loving my G cups at age 31, I have started an Instagram @freyasgotboobs and have been working with some AMAZING labels that create awesome underwear and bathers for big boobs (especially big boob small frame friends as there really has been nothing on offer for us).
We will also be sharing stories, interviews and advice on all topics surrounding boobs! Get in touch if you want to be involved in any way and I look forward to sharing many stories.
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.
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Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is a writer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia who has a passion for youth rights and mental health. To combat her own battle with anxiety and hypochondria, you can find Freya boxing, practicing yoga, taking sertraline and swimming in the ocean. She believes in opening up about her mental health struggles and shining a light on what is not spoken about. Freya welcomed her first daughter, Aurora into the world on the 21st of November, 2017 and spends her days building blocks, reading stories and completely exhausted. With a passion for grassroots activism and creative community, Freya began Ramona Magazine as an alternative to boring, image-obsessed teen media. The magazine is founded upon Freya’s core values of creative expression, equality and kindness. You can follow her on Instagram @freyasadventures.