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

Posts contributed to by Freya Bennett

ZOEY: The Woman Behind The Handshake

Writing by Freya Bennett // In the last few days, the image of above Cobargo woman, Zoey Salucci-McDermott refusing and then being forced to shake the prime ministers hand has gone viral.

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Interview with Musician and Author: Alex Aller

Interview by Freya Bennett // Building You Up, the novel & soundtrack, are about the same story. That story is about a young girl who is dealing with the first onset of a depleting mental state and the different ways humans cope with such things. It’s a story about learning that love and loss are like songs from the same record. 

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LOVE IS LOVE: Interview with Kara DeSouza

Interview of Kara DeSouza by Freya Bennett // It was so important to share these photos because I feel like they truly tell the story of us. To be quite honest I’m not even out to most of my family and this was my little act of defiance, a “fuck it all” and just post it moment

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STI

Writing by Maria Emrides // Illustration by Freya Bennett // Intimacy isn’t just skin to skin contact, it’s sharing part of yourself and your energy and all of those things deserve to be mirrored by someone who values connection in the same way you do. So take the time to define what it means to you first, and let it be worth waiting for.

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AMAZING BABE: Olivia

Interview of Olivia Hart by Freya Bennett // Sometimes being the most passionate and committed person is more important than being the most qualified. You’ll be surprised by how many doors opens when you simply ask.

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RUBY’S MONTHLY PLAYLIST: Best friends forever

Writing by Ruby Jones // Illustration by Freya Bennett // Ruby is back with a playlist that celebrates friendship and community – one to chuck on when you’re feeling the warmth of the people around you.

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RUBY’S MONTHLY PLAYLIST: Cosmic moon landing

Writing by Ruby Jones // Illustration by Freya Bennett // Ruby Jones returns with a playlist perfect for your inner space cowgirl— a selection of songs to celebrate the 50th anniversary of humans landing on the moon. Listen to these under the stars. 

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ARTIST FEATURE: Aissa Sica

Interview of Aissa Sica by Freya Bennett // I think the most important to feel good about yourself is by taking care of your mental health.

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RUBY’S MONTHLY PLAYLIST: Gemini season

Writing by Ruby Jones // Illustration by Freya Bennett // Its the end of Gemini season, and Ruby Jones is back with a playlist featuring the brightest, most extra musicians on the planet – a playlist full of geminis!

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Period Witches: A Celebration of Body, Blood, Girlhood And Community

Review by Zadie McCracken // Photographs by Hannah Forsdike // Art by Freya Bennett // Walking away from Period Witches, I felt a sense of joy and renewal. The day had passed quickly, but without rush. I had a bag full of sweet treats, a head full of new knowledge, and a sweet feeling settled in my chest. 

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RUBY’S MONTHLY PLAYLIST: Teenage feelings

Writing by Ruby Jones // Artwork by Freya Bennett // This month Ruby has come up with the ultimate playlist to feel those teenage feelings – whatever your age. It’s a playlist of unbridled angst – to be alone to, to tear up to, to get mad with. Don’t hold back, and play it loud.

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RUBY’S MONTHLY PLAYLIST: Live through this – a personal montage

Writing by Ruby Jones // Art by Freya Bennett //  Ruby Jones is back with her playlist to trump all playlists – those songs to listen to when you’re strolling down the street and you’re suddenly feeling all intriguing and carefree … and BAM! You’re starring in your own personal movie montage.

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A Hairy Tale

Writing by Zadie McCracken // Illustration by Freya Bennett // There are still days I wake up and feel so bad I want to rip out every hair on my body from its follicle. But that’s okay, because most of the time I feel just fine—and so, thankfully, does my hair.

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Finding My Wonderland

Writing by Maria Emrides // Illustration by Freya Bennett // It’s never too late to do things differently and to go in search of what will truly make you feel good. I know it’s going to be uncomfortable at first and will take some adjusting, but being kind to your body is a relationship worth working on and worth having.

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RUBY’S MONTHLY PLAYLIST: Road Tripping

Writing by Ruby Jones // Artwork by Freya Bennett // Ruby Jones is back with the first playlist of 2019, perfect for long drives, truck stops, and all kinds of scenery – Road tripping!

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Devaluing Beauty

Writing by Zadie McCracken // Illustration by Freya Bennett // In the last few decades, incredible achievements have been made to improve and revolutionize the way society views the human body, its appearances, and its complexities.

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The Name Game

Writing by Freya Bennett // Illustration by April Phillips // The butterfly effect this tradition has on society’s view of women is huge and the continual loss of the matriarchal line contributes to the devaluing of women and girls in society.

 

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AMAZING BABE: Ramona

Interview of Ramona Sharples by Freya Bennett // One of the things I treasure about my experience transitioning is that I had to learn how to make an enormous life change in the face of extraordinary pressure not to.

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AMAZING BABE: Noora

Interview of Noora Dastournezhad by Freya Bennett // What I love about being a girl and a woman is that no matter how long they’ve wanted to shut us down and tell us we don’t matter we keep fighting and anything we do becomes an act of rebellion.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Sol Bela

Interview of Sol Bela by Freya Bennett // I just started in this crazy world and the only advice I can give you is to do what you like, no matter what others say and you will see that with hard work and consistency, you will get what you are fighting for.

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AMAZING BABE: Silvi

Interview of Silvi Joseph by Freya Bennett // Feminism is important to me because it is about standing up for what I want and not what society/people want me to be.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Nadia Akingbule

Interview of Nadia Akingbule by Freya Bennett // Identity is a huge theme that runs through all of my work, I think being of mixed heritage explains why it’s constantly on my mind!

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ARTIST FEATURE: Lucy Roleff

Interview of Lucy Roleff by Freya Bennett // Social media and the human tendency to ‘compare and despair’ can make you feel like you need to take enormous strides to be any good and that can be very overwhelming. Do it because you enjoy it and find a style and definition of success that is true to you!

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MEET OUR INTERN: Thea

Interview of Thea Pettifer by Freya Bennett // I have always loved being part of movements and Ramona to me is a movement of culture and youth. Ramona presents itself as this platform where young girls and women can go to express themselves freely, without judgment and seek empowerment in their struggles and triumphs.

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AMAZING BABE: Sid

Interview of Sid Marcos by Freya Bennett // I got this idea as a kid that being disabled meant that you should hate your body and yourself. But I didn’t feel that way—I didn’t hate my body, I didn’t hate myself, and, in fact, I really liked being disabled.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Libby Phillips

Interview of Libby Phillips by Freya Bennett // A while ago, after failing to convey a point to somebody in words, I sketched a little drawing to demonstrate my point – almost immediately, I was understood. Illustrations are a more engaging way to express yourself, I suppose.

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AMAZING BABE: Joy

Interview of Gomez Kolber by Freya Bennett // Life is short, so do whatever you want to do, work hard and just go for it. Always be open to learn from others.

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AMAZING BABE: Hannah

Interview of Hannah Driscoll by Freya Bennett // I find it really important to educate myself on the inequalities that exist and to then actively cultivate peace and do what I can on my part.

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MEET: Amanda

Interview of Amanda Attanayake by Freya Bennett // I love the fun that I have being a girl, which mainly comes from me having a “solid girl gang” (spoken about in Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford). It’s pretty hard to describe the counselling, support, advice, love, friendship and laughs I get from them.

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AMAZING BABE: Georgia Fields

Interview of Georgia Fields by Freya Bennett // Writing songs is how I make sense of the world inside and outside of me. It started as a compulsion, something I just felt like I had to do.

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MEET: Richa Gupta

Interview of Richa Gupta by Freya Bennett // I believe that teaching students about the human mind from an early age will help raise awareness about one of the most important facets of our life: positive mental health.

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Amazing Babe: Becca

Interview of Becca Brown by Freya Bennett // Women make each other stronger. It kills me to see cattiness in female friendships. I think we need to be better to each other as humans in general. I love educating young people about feminism, too.

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MEET: Grace

Interview of Grace Dekay by Freya Bennett // I don’t see myself anywhere in particular in five years. I could be cycling around Australia, I could be trekking in Spain, I could be living in a self-sustainable boat or tiny house in the mountains.

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BABES WHO BRUNCH: Freya Meets Kyla

Interview of Kyla Bartholomeusz by Freya Bennett // Illustration by Joy Gomez Kolber // Kyla Bartholomeusz is a dancer, singer and actress who has been touring Australia in shows such as Dirty Dancing and We Will Rock You.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Arielle Jennings

Interview of Arielle Jennings by Freya Bennett // As an introvert, I wouldn’t know the first thing about speaking about these issues in a public crowd. Art allows me to be as blunt and as loud about issues I care about.

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MEET: Melissa

Interview of Melissa T by Freya Bennett // This will make me sound like a huge geek, but I’m not going to deny it. I love learning. I love discovering new things, learning how something works then connecting the dots to view the big picture.

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I Do Not Consent To President Trump

Writing by Sophie Van Bastelear // Illustration by Freya Bennett // He wants to reject bodies, change bodies, deport bodies, convert bodies, degrade bodies, ignore bodies, use bodies.

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MEET: Lucy

Interview of Lucy Haley by Freya Bennett // I am passionate about helping people, especially young girls struggling with body image.

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The Other Side of Loss: The Quiet Calm

Writing by Freya Bennett // Photograph by Mara Saiz // I want to talk about the other side of loss. The side that is okay. The side that isn’t often talked about because we are meant to remain sad, devastated victims.

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In Conversation with Craig Stott

Interview of Craig Stott by Freya Bennett // I would like people seeing Holding the Man to come out with the realization that love between the same or different gender/s is completely the same concept.

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Interview with Tinpan Orange

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 …

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