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Sophie Pellegrini is the Co-Founder and Artistic & Creative Director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is a 24-year-old outdoor-enthusiast, photographer, and wilderness therapy field guide in Colorado. Sophie has a Master’s of Communication Design in Photography from the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, and a BA in Psychology and Studio Art from Bates College in Maine, USA. 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.

Posts contributed to by Sophie Pellegrini

ARTIST FEATURE: LI YA WEN (Ruby)

Interview of Li Ya Wen (Ruby) by Sophie Pellegrini // Back when I was young, every Friday I always went to this art studio run by some artists near where I live, where I studied how to perfectly draw an apple, and that’s pretty much the moment I started feeling involved in the arts.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Jenni Sparks

Interview of Jenni Sparks by Sophie Pellegrini // To any new artists out there I would give a quote that has always stuck with me: “If it is important enough to you, you will find a way. If it is not, you will find an excuse.”

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ARTIST FEATURE: Ramona Jingru Wang

Interview of Ramona Jingru Wang by Sophie Pellegrini // Taking photographs of myself empowers me in a way that I am in control of what to show and how I am presented.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Leia Kaprov

Interview of Leia Kaprov by Sophie Pellegrini // Self-care is very important for every artist who wants to continue making art in the long run. Burnout is very real, and I regularly check in with myself to make sure I am in a good creative place mentally. 

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ARTIST FEATURE: Elyssa Rider

Interview of Elyssa Rider by Sophie Pellegrini // I love illustrating women because I think women are wonderful. I have so much faith in them. They are tenacious, bright, simultaneously tough and soft, capable world-changers, and too often they are overlooked or disregarded.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Kathryn Rose Brown

Interview of Kathryn Rose Brown by Sophie Pellegrini // Usually, I will get ideas for illustrations when I’m just about to go to sleep or I am doing the food shop or something mundane like that.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Rachal Duggan

Interview of Rachal Duggan by Sophie Pellegrini // It is so amazing to see how people respond to your work. Of course it is not always good, but just having a platform to share, get feedback and have people pay me for my drawings is unreal.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Amber Vittoria

Interview of Amber Vittoria by Sophie Pellegrini // Gender is top-of-mind for most of the pieces I create; the experience of the woman, and intersectional feminism, are both important stories to be told.

 

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ARTIST FEATURE: Lucy Caddey

Interview of Lucy Caddey by Sophie Pellegrini // My lines are pretty shaky and messy; I couldn’t draw a neat line to save my life! It took me a long time to accept that that’s just how I draw and to accept it as my style instead of trying to be fancy and neat.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Molly Egan

Interview of Molly Egan by Sophie Pellegrini // The road from graduating college to being a professional illustrator has been a tough one, but it’s so important to keep pushing forward and make it happen!

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ARTIST FEATURE: Marie-Louise Becker

Interview of Marie-Louise Becker by Sophie Pellegrini // Drawing for me is having the freedom to change my lines at any time or choose my color scheme all over again.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Aurélia Deschamps

Interview of Aurélia Deschamps by Sophie Pellegrini // My images show a world half-way between the real, everyday and a more dreamlike one, with elements that have symbolic meaning. 

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ARTIST FEATURE: Chloe McAlister

Interview of Chloe McAlister by Sophie Pellegrini // I’m usually driven by the story-telling aspect of illustration. I suppose in that way, I treat the process like writing in a journal, or meditating.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Marte Lindholm

Interview of Marte Lindholm by Sophie Pellegrini // I want to treasure the details, our delicacy, and our strength; the ordinary and unique parts of being humans.

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Taking Up Space: Reclaiming My Body Through Weightlifting

Writing by Sophie Pellegrini // Illustration by Billie Morris // Weightlifting is one more way I get to defy the patriarchy as I build muscle, growing stronger and bigger, resisting the voices in my head and all around me that say I would be worth more if there were less of me. 

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ARTIST FEATURE: Megan Eacock

Interview of Megan Eacock by Sophie Pellegrini // I like to express the meaning of being ‘unconventional’ in my paintings; I like painting people that don’t fit the normal standard of appearance, or act in really controversial ways. 

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Why We Share Nude Artwork on Our Instagram

Writing by Sophie Pellegrini // Photograph by Sandra Lazzarini // Recently someone expressed some concern to us that our Instagram page is too “pornographic” and we thought we’d take a moment to (briefly) address the concern.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Frances Weger

Interview of Frances Weger by Sophie Pellegrini // I have always thought that people were the most interesting thing to photograph. People’s expressions, styles, passions, and personalities are something I am always trying to capture in a portrait.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Project Wallflower

Interview of Project Wallflower by Sophie Pellegrini // People found relief through recognition; they told us they want their yoni sculpted because they were done with the stigma, or just because they’ve started being proud of their bodies instead of ashamed. 

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ARTIST FEATURE: Cachete Jack

Interview of Cachete Jack by Sophie Pellegrini // We think that working in many mediums opens your mind. If you experiment, your work will evolve!

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ARTIST FEATURE: Holly Flynn

Interview of Holly Flynn by Sophie Pellegrini // My earrings are hand drawn and handmade so you won’t see any other earrings quite like them because it all comes from my head and my hands.

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Sonder Exhibition X Ramona Magazine

Interviews with Sonder Exhibition organizers and artists by Sophie Pellegrini // With this exhibition, one of our goals is to give young artists, like ourselves, a platform to show their work. In the art world today, there is a great amount of ageism, limiting the amount of opportunities that young artists have to show their work, and tell their story. Through this exhibition, we hope to show people that artistry has no age range.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Caylin Yorba-Ruiz

Interview of Caylin Yorba-Ruiz by Sophie Pellegrini // I knew then and there that I wanted to make art that would raise awareness, challenge minds, and inspire social change. I want to focus specifically on empowerment, feminism, ecology, mental health, and just positive ethics and moral wellbeing. ​

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ARTIST FEATURE: Maia Boakye

Interview of Maia Boakye by Sophie Pellegrini // I think my favourite aspect of creating art is also the most frustrating sometimes. I like to make something every day and that means that I’m constantly developing and refining my craft.

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Artist Feature: Alyssa Anne

Interview of Alyssa Anne by Sophie Pellegrini // My creative process ebbs and flows like most things in life and I get into intense modes of creation.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Lorraine Nam

Interview of Lorraine Nam by Sophie Pellegrini // It takes time to hone your talent to coincide with that. I’m still working to match my own perception of what good work is!

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ARTIST FEATURE: Sally Pfeiffer

Interview of Sara Pfeiffer by Sophie Pellegrini // I started out with doodles and drawing zentangles until it eventually kind of exploded into everything else.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Sara Bryce

Interview of Sara Bryce by Sophie Pellegrini // I love symmetry, in all senses of the word. When it comes to decor, art, and even marketing, I am all about it being symmetrical!

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Q&A and Review: Overcoats’ “YOUNG”

Interview of Overcoats by Sophie Pellegrini // Review of YOUNG by Molly McKew // The electro pop-soul duo get the most out of their velvet voices in their first album, which utilises synth-pop vibes, ethereal beats, and good old fashioned hooky songwriting to create an incredibly listenable piece.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Poppy Almond

Interview of Poppy Almond by Sophie Pellegrini // I find it quite difficult to produce work quickly enough to be able to do all of the ideas that are in my head.

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Fighting Fire with Fire: Where “13 Reasons Why” Got it Wrong

Writing by Sophie Pellegrini // Image from Beth Dubber/Netflix // I think the show wants to remind its viewers that our decisions have consequences, and we should be held accountable for the way our decisions and mistakes affect others. But by that logic, perhaps we should be holding Hannah accountable as well for the way she chose to force other characters to face their mistakes.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Alia Romagnoli

Interview of Alia Romagnoli by Sophie Pellegrini // I like to use colours, geometric patterns, glitter, flowers, and polka dots, to complement and tell a story about the illustrated/photographed subject.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Ieva Ragauskaite

Interview of Ieva Ragauskaite by Sophie Pellegrini // I still tend to leave surrealistic and magic hints in my works but now I create more conscious art

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ARTIST FEATURE: Natasha Yankelevich

Interview of Natasha Yankelevich by Sophie Pellegrini // To make the best result I’m always talking with the model — making sure everything is okay, advising how to make their posing better or the face look more interesting

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ART SERIES: Agoraphobia

Art series by Sofia Podestà // This series was taken during my Icelandic travel last summer. I’ve always dreamt of traveling in Iceland.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Maudie Osbourne

Interview of Maudie Osbourne by Sophie Pellegrini // My art is very political; it stems from my interests in anti-capitalist and socialist politics.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Pauline Grazioli

Interview of Pauline Grazioli by Sophie Pellegrini // My name is Pauline, I’m from France, I’m 19 and I study the history of art as well as literature, philosophy, and history.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Clemence Leclerc

Interview of Clemence Leclerc by Sophie Pellegrini // I am Clémence Leclerc, a young redhead French girl living near Paris. I am 18 and started photography four years ago.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Jordan Thompson

Interview of Jordan Thompson by Sophie Pellegrini // For me, it’s never enough to just take a pretty picture. It has to say something. I think art is boring if it has no meaning.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Kathrynne Yu

Interview of Kathrynne Yu by Sophie Pellegrini // I really love the medium of watercolor. I don’t know, it’s just something about it that just excites me.

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Soulmates

Writing by Leigh Baird // Photograph by Sophie Pellegrini

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MEET: Lexi Lawrence

Interview of Lexi Lawrence by Sophie Pellegrini // I love to write – I’m a compulsive storyteller.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Kara Souza

Interview of Kara Souza by Sophie Pellegrini // Photographing nature can be a more calming therapeutic process. It’s almost like taking a still whereas people are live moving feeling subjects.

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Hope

Writing by Connie Tran // Photograph by Sophie Pellegrini

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ARTIST FEATURE: Fe Mitikafe

Interview of Fe Mitikafe by Sophie Pellegrini // I can’t detach myself from my female body and I feel the need to interrogate myself about what it is through my art.

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Your Relationship Is as Real as You Want It To Be

Writing by Sophie van Bastelaer // Photograph by Aleksandra Wiktoria // Your relationship is as real as you want it to be. It doesn’t matter how old you are, who you are, where you areif it’s real to you, it’s real.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Natalia Santis

Interview of Natalia Santis by Sophie Pellegrini // I’m Natalia and I’m from Aberdeen, Scotland–the granite city! I’m 23 and part Scottish, part Chilean. I love anything arty and creative. I’m also a keen independent coffee drinker and yoga enthusiastic.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Margarida Eloy

Interview of Margarida Eloy by Sophie Pellegrini // I still have some doubts about what I want to be “when I grow up,” but maybe I can continue to work in illustration and photography. I’d also love to work with other artists by presenting their works in wonderful exhibitions, or to be an art teacher and help students with their projects.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Daria Amaranth

Interview of Daria Amaranth by Sophie Pellegrini // First a certain idea appears in my mind and I start thinking about some details, but as a rule I don’t plan shoots because for me photoshooting is like a writing a book: I have some idea and mood in my head and then follow inspiration during the photography process.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Romy Listo

Interview of Romy Listo by Sophie Pellegrini // I don’t really know what I’m doing though, I’ve barely exhibited my work and I basically got started by posting on Instagram!

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ARTIST FEATURE: Chiara Salvi

Interview of Chiara Salvi by Sophie Pellegrini // I am extremely fascinated by the process of healing of wounds and bones. This curiosity brought me to the enterprise of medical art and the intriguing, multifaceted, and fascinating relationship between art and science.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Gabrielle Rosenstein

Interview of Gabrielle Rosenstein by Sophie Pellegrini // Satire and sarcasm are central themes in my recent illustrations. I’m playing with the wonders of youth and the dreadful qualities of it.

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Eleven Things I Know About Rape

Writing by Eve Dangerfield // Photograph by Sophie Pellegrini // I was raped. I am a rape victim. Say it, think it, remember it, but please, if you can, also remember that you don’t have to feel sorry for me.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Katie Lyons

Interview of Katie Lyons by Sophie Pellegrini // It’s incredibly cliché but it’s so hard to imagine a time when I wasn’t drawing.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Qintong Li (aka Echo)

Interview of Qintong Li by Sophie Pellegrini // Since I was a child around 6, my mom wanted me to study something for fun: a musical instrument, dancing, or drawing. I chose drawing; from that moment, I always carry a pencil with me everywhere.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Helen Poser

Interview of Helen Poser by Sophie Pellegrini // I like to work in series, I’ll get an idea/story and want to express it in as many ways as I can, until the next urge of an idea comes about.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Moule

Interview of Moule by Sophie Pellegrini // My work process is quite simple, my drawings often represent things I have an urge to talk about, it’s my diary.

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WHAT’S ON IN YOUR TOWN: GRRRL Stuff Zine Workshop, Glasgow

Interview of Trudi Lang by Sophie Pellegrini // GRRRL STUFF is part of this year’s Glasgow Zine Fest. It’s a free drop-in arts and craft event aimed at, but not limited to, young girls under 16. It will focus on DIY ‘Riot Grrrl’ crafts like zine, collage, and badge making. // MONO, 12 Kings Court, Glasgow, G1 5PR from 12-3pm on Saturday 30th April.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Kamila Król

Interview of Kamila Król by Sophie Pellegrini // For me being open to the outside world (noticing nature, colours, smells, conversations, other people, small events) is very important.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Carly Correa

Interview of Carly Correa by Sophie Pellegrini // I tend to start by gathering inspiration, then I refine my idea with specific research and concept mapping. I’ll do some sketching and playing around, and maybe some scribbles and warm-ups.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Jenny Williams

Interview of Jenny Williams by Sophie Pellegrini // I love that NYC is a walking city. You are in contact with its amazing diversity and culture from the moment you walk out the door. I find the immediacy and energy of that constant contact inspiring.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Eryn Lougheed

Interview of Eryn Lougheed by Sophie Pellegrini // My sketchbooks are sort of a sketchbook/journal 2-in-1; a lot of the time, they’re a way for me to get my thoughts out both in words and doodles.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Anne Pomel

Interview of Anne Pomel by Sophie Pellegrini // I’ve been working mostly with Photoshop for years but I’ve been really into coloured pencils lately. I think it gives very fluid lines and my drawings are way more spontaneous.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Maggie Chiang

Interview of Maggie Chiang by Sophie Pellegrini // I would describe my illustration as being quiet and subtle, yet still full of life through the use of colors and shapes.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Diana Spatariu

Interview of Diana Spatariu by Sophie Pellegrini // I like to take my time capturing the perfect moment, and let it come as a surprise when the film is finally developed (you know how sweet the waiting is sometimes).

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ARTIST FEATURE: Kat Elizabeth Donald

Interview of Kat Elizabeth Donald by Sophie Pellegrini // I have always been a super creative person. When I was younger I would dabble within most areas of art ‘n’ craft and give what I’d made to my family as gifts.

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A Quick Note on Why We’re Tigress Magazine “For Girls”

Writing by Sophie Pellegrini // Illustration by Marie Gosselin // Our contributors speak about issues that relate to the general human experience but much of our content is created specifically with girls in mind as the audience, as they speak directly to the female experience.

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Interview with Overcoats

Interview of Hana & JJ of Overcoats by Sophie Pellegrini // Photographs by Lex Voight // Sometimes in rehearsal we just stop and look at each other and think, HOW is this our job?

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Self-Care for Secondary Trauma

Writing by Sophie Pellegrini // Illustrations by Nazifatur Rahmi // Don’t be afraid to take a step back when you’re overwhelmed, to take time for yourself away from the intensity of the trauma that’s going on.

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Advice Forum: Year 12 Exhaustion

Advice by Freya Bennett & Sophie Pellegrini // Photograph by Catarina Inacio

How do you get through the last few weeks of year 12 when you are utterly exhausted?

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Why I’ll Never Find Rape Jokes Funny

Writing by Sophie Pellegrini // Photograph by Brooke Tieman // Think before you make light of something so serious as rape or suicide. Consider the fact that you don’t know the history of every person in the room.

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Advice Forum: Gay? Bi?

Advice by Sophie Pellegrini & Freya Bennett // Photograph by Camila Tomaz

Does having fantasies about a girl make you lesbian?

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ARTIST FEATURE: Jordyn McGeachin

Interview of Jordyn McGeachin by Sophie Pellegrini // If I make something from a personal thought, my first instinct is to draw a female because it’s what I identify myself as. Even if the picture is not what I look like physically, I can still relate to it in a sense.

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A New Approach to New Year’s Resolutions

Writing by Sophie Pellegrini // Illustration by Jordyn McGeachin // I’ve spent some time reflecting over the past few New Year’s Eves, and compiled some of my suggestions to make the most out of your New Year’s Eve and your resolutions.

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An Introduction to Sex Therapy: Part 2

Interview of Jennifer A. Wiessner by Sophie Pellegrini // Photographs by Tanya September // My passion is educating parents of children to provide healthy, developmentally appropriate sex education in a way that doesn’t feel threatening and can embody the parent’s values.

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An Introduction to Sex Therapy: Part 1

Interview of Jennifer A. Wiessner by Sophie Pellegrini // Photographs by Vi – (nie)ulotne // As both a couples therapist and certified sex therapist, I like to think of myself as a Sherpa or guide to the couples, groups, and individuals I serve.

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Diabetes, Up Close

Writing by Leah Pellegrini // Photograph by Sophie Pellegrini // From my eyes, here’s what type 1 diabetes looks like up close: not much. It’s more or less invisible on the surface.

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ARTIST FEATURE: Ambivalently Yours

Interview of Ambivalently Yours by Sophie Pellegrini // Empathy. I think the most important aspect of my work, especially the drawings, is empathy. I don’t think there is anything more comforting than knowing that someone else is able to understand and share your feelings.

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Things You Should’ve Learned in Sex-Ed (But Probably Didn’t)

Writing by Sophie Pellegrini // Illustration by Lily Cuyler // I remember high school sex-ed as the most awkward unit in health class, but I don’t remember learning much. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned a lot through personal experience and the experiences of others that I strongly believe should’ve been taught in sex-ed.

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