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
Posts contributed to by Freya Bennett
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.
Review by Molly Mckew & Freya Bennett // The Ramona team were lucky enough to go and see the incredible Montaigne at the Croxton in Thornbury – and fell in love with her theatrical, powerful and incredible performance.Read More
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 momentRead More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
Writing by Freya Bennett // With only one week left we are so excited to share with you how to harness the power of your menstrual cycle for a more creative, productive, and self-care-filled existence.
Writing and illustration by Freya Bennett // While this issue may seem small to some readers, I urge you to see it as an undercurrent, constantly pulling women back from true equality, respect and status. If we don’t deem a woman’s name, the very basis of her identity, as worthy, what kind of foundation are we laying for an equal future?Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.
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.Read More
Writing by Hannah Forsdike // illustration by Freya Bennett // Asides from shutting down sexist norms left and right, female strength and fear is demonstrated through Carol and the other women in this film.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.
Review of BoPo Women by Freya Bennett // I won’t go into the difference in appearance because that is not what this is about (although my skin was way less dry and felt pretty damn soft) but the difference in how I felt and acted towards myself was pretty beautiful.
Review by Freya Bennett // The lush fabric and stretchy waist means I can chuck on some trackies and feel ultra comfy and low key but the cute lace and velvet front means they are also super beautiful so I feel like a bit of a goddess.Read More
Interview of Kylie by Freya Bennett // The landscape has changed a lot in twenty years since Obus began (!) but my advice for anyone pursuing their own idea for a business is to do so with authenticity and conviction.
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.Read More
Interview of Meredith by Freya Bennett // In five years I hope that I am working for a magazine who’s main mission is to empower teenage girls. I hope to work for a magazine that does this through fashion, art, and activism.
Writing by Freya Bennett // Growing up and seeing ads in Dolly or Girlfriend for the cute bra and knickers sets I was meant to get just made me feel depressed and like my body was wrong. It’s taken this long, but at 31, I feel part of a club. Or even more accurately, part of a movement where no one is excluded. Go check out Lonely Lingerie. You won’t be disappointed.Read More
Review of Meloncup Swimwear by Freya Bennett // Meloncup have the cutest labels for each cup size and when I received my size ‘gorgeous’ bikini it actually made me smile and feel confident even before I put it on.Read More
Writing by Freya Bennett // Photograph by Clemence Leclerc // I am all for you wearing what you need to feel comfortable, confident and supported and if that means underwire, then go you good thing but I feel like we need to embrace the soft, the natural and create bras that support a comfier existence.Read More
Writing by Freya Bennett // Illustration by Helena Ravenne // 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.
Interview of Ash McGee by Freya Bennett // About 4 years ago I embarked on a journey of self discovery and reflection, that cultivated this strong desire to learn and appreciate myself more as a African American women. During this time, my eyes were opened to a lot of social injustice that’s consistently effecting our communities.
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.Read More
Writing by Freya Bennett // Photograph by Makeda Sandford // From the first class, I was hooked. I ended up doing boxing twice a week and a Yin yoga class to balance everything out and wind down. My anxiety all but disappeared and I think I discovered that for me, I need to get myself to exhaustion in order to help my brain relax.Read More
Interview of Ambivalently Yours by Freya Bennett // The more I learned about feminism, the more I understood that sensitivity is related to weakness because it is associated to femininity, and in a patriarchal society anything feminine is seen as inferior. Once I understood that, I realized that feeling emotions could be a radical act of feminist defiance.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Interview of Emah Fox by Freya Bennett // I’m a musician, songwriter, video artist, producer, singer, writer, editor, and studio supervisor at the incredible Melbourne Electronic Sound Studios.Read More
Interview of Jyotika Pruthi by Freya Bennett // Every individual has a creative side that needs to be explored as that helps to achieve improved levels of cognition. Our perspective gets broadened and self-confidence is added.Read More
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.
Interview of Claire and Tennessee by Freya Bennett // We pit women against each other every second of every day, and it’s very important to me to support other people who are fighting the good fight. It’s unhealthy, destructive and simply misogynistic to compete against other similar communities.Read More
Interview of Christine and Manon by Freya Bennett // I think for Christine and myself, as women of colour, it is important to ensure equal representation across all aspects. Australia especially, is a truly diverse country and I think it’s important to honestly represent the many faces that make up Australia.Read More
Writing by Amanda Attanayake // Illustration by Freya Bennett // There are many things I love about Frida Kahlo. She was a woman, liberated sexually and politically, in the 30’s 40’s and 50’s. Kahlo wasn’t held back by convention or expectation; she simply did what she wanted.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
Interview of Miss Marley by Freya Bennett // On the surface a lot of my work can appear to be cute and almost child-like in ways. On closer look there are deeper meanings and connections, more complex ideas and emotions.Read More
Interview of Lachrista Greco by Freya Bennett // Introverts can do a lot as activists. I often think digital activism is perfect for introverts as you can do it from the comfort of your own space and at your own pace!
Interview of Raisa McLean by Freya Bennett // Feminism is important to me because it’s just common sense! I feel like there are a lot of people who have completely misinterpreted the meaning of it!
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.
Interview of Khushi Gupta by Freya Bennett // Intersectional Feminism is important to me because feminism should be inclusive to everyone. Feminism cannot achieve its goals without intersectionality.Read More
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.Read More
Interview of Grace Jarvis by Freya Bennett // We, as a society, have made great strides in the fight for gender equality but a lot of the time it seems to me, there is an internal monologue that mocks women just for being women and it makes me super mad.Read More
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.Read More
Review of Modibodi by Freya Bennett // If you had told me a couple of years ago that there was some new technology for dealing with periods, I couldn’t have even imagined what you were talking about!
Interview of Magic Steven by Freya Bennett // Generally it’s an intuitive, improvised process. I don’t know where the ideas come from. It’s an interesting question to think and theorise about, but I’ve never found the answer.Read More
Interview with Larissa Ocampo by Freya Bennett // One Girl is a non profit committed to changing the world by educating girls. We believe that every girl on the planet has the right to an education.Read More
Interview of Harry Young by Freya Bennett // Music is such a powerful force; the way a song can change how you feel almost instantaneously is remarkable or how a song can transport you immediately with such power back to a certain time and place.Read More
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.Read More
Interview of Lasharne Anderson, Georgia James, Candassie “Dass” Liburd, & Lizzie Roberts by Freya Bennett // Bloom is a new coming of age short film about four teenage girls. Their world is a mélange of school subjects, dance routines, music, and the looming issue of sex.Read More
Advice by Freya Bennett // Photograph by Lucía Pereyra
You don’t get along with your parents and want to move out, but your parents don’t support your wish to move to boarding school. Now what?
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.Read More
Interview of Jo Nixon by Freya Bennett // I also work in the fine art printing field which is a great inspiration. I am able to see an array of local and international talent come through, and indulge my love of print and lovely paper surfaces.Read More
Interview of Kate Heppell by Freya Bennett // We really believe that colour and texture can affect mood. In fact, last year we looked into colour therapy and how important it can be in mental health.Read More
Review and illustration by Freya Bennett // Based on the true to life cult-classic memoir of Tim Conigrave and John Caleo, Holding the Man tells the tale of two Melbourne school boys falling in love in the unforgiving 1970s.Read More
Writing and illustration by Freya Bennett // To have someone so successful stand proudly and say, “I am trans and trans is beautiful” is such an important thing not just for trans kids, but for everyone else as well.Read More
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 …Read More
Writing by Freya Bennett // Photograph by Nunzia Lollo // I’ve always felt a little bit on the outside. I’m not sure where this comes from exactly, but perhaps it’s from being an only child from a single parent family.Read More
Writing by Molly McKew // Illustration by Freya Bennett // We can easily shrug this off (or shake it off) as playful irony; however, cultural referencing can easily veer into cultural appropriation.Read More
Interview of Coco Star Sims by Freya Bennett // When I am stressed I usually grab one of my smaller sketchbooks and a fine liner, stick my headphones in and just walk for a while and find somewhere nice to sit down and draw.Read More
Interview of Sophie Jackson by Freya Bennett // My best advice would be to write anything and everything. Don’t worry if it makes you feel uncomfortable, or if it’s out of your comfort zone, that’s good!Read More
Interview of Ashley by Freya Bennett // As the world is becoming more and more aware of transgender issues and people are becoming more educated or are open to being educated, things will become easier for us, slowly, but steadily.Read More
Writing and photographs by Freya Bennett // I wanted to write a few articles whilst travelling instead of after, because my memories of experiences are rose-coloured as compared to how I felt when I actually was travelling. I want to address anxiety, depression, and expectations while travelling.Read More
Writing and art by Freya Bennett // Anne Frank was a diarist and a writer. She was born on the 12th of June in 1929 and she died of typhus in early March 1945. She was 15 years old when she died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.Read More
Writing by Freya Bennett // Illustration by Rosie Hendry // Malala has been campaigning for girls’ educational rights since she was 11, in her hometown of Swat Valley in Pakistan where the Taliban banned girls from attending school.Read More
Writing by Freya Bennett // Photographs by Leanne Surfleet // In our modern society, where the female body has become more and more of an object to sell products, we need to stop and look at our relationship with the naked female body.Read More
Advice by Sophie Pellegrini & Freya Bennett // Illustration by Jenny Pereira
When you want to freely express your beliefs in feminism but your peers have nothing nice to say, how do you handle it?Read More
Writing by Freya Bennett // Photograph by Alia Thomas // I am constantly surprised and disappointed with how much period negativity we have in our society (and societies around the world). You just have to open a magazine or watch an ad on “feminine hygiene” to know that the world isn’t loving your period.Read More