Anthea Paul is a bestselling author, photographer and creator of the Girlosophy brand. Beginning her graduate career in the textiles and fashion industry for contemporary art patron John Kaldor, Anthea moved to New York in the early 1990s. An internship at Hearst Publications' Harpers Bazaar led to freelance work as a stylist and creative director in the US, and her recruitment in 1998 as Photo Editor for Bob Guccione Jr.'s Gear Magazine...
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Elizabeth is from the North Country, the foothills of the Adirondacks in northern NY. She has bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with concentrations in Outdoor Studies and English writing and a master’s degree in Mental Health therapy. She has worked for a number of colleges as a mental health clinician and for a wilderness therapy company in NYS. Finding solace in hiking, kayaking, crosscountry skiing, on any given day you could spot her rollerblading or traipsing around with her 80lbs. golden retriever-Siberian husky 4-year old, Lucy.
Aimee Hughes is the author of "The Sexy Vegan Kitchen: Culinary Adventures In Love & Sex," available for purchase on Amazon. With a passion for travel and lifelong learning, Aimee holds a B.A. in French language and literature and has studied naturopathic medicine extensively. These days, she's practicing yoga, writing for various magazines and cooking up a vegan storm in her hometown of Kansas City.
Asya is a universal child and lives for global and self-exploration. She just completed her Bachelors in Communications and Global Studies from UCLA last month, and is now world-bound, ready for new adventures. She hopes to marry Social Entrepreneurism, Photojournalism, and Community Engagement into a career one day, but until then, she is content being a student of the world.
Carly Morson successfully summited Kilimanjaro in February 2011, aged 30. Next on her trekking agenda? Everest Base Camp in October 2013! Check out her social profiles and give her a wave!
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After completing an undergraduate degree in Marine Science and English Literature, Jennifer graduated from the University of Sydney in 2008 with a Masters in Creative Writing. While not at work in a Sydney library, she spends her time travelling, surfing, taking photographs and scribbling fiercely in notebooks. She is interested in science, feminism, atheism, musical theatre, books, and the power of writing.
Born and raised in Canada, I now live in Oxfordshire England, where I graduated last June. In January I set off on my first solo trip to Thailand and Hong Kong - armed with only my camera, bikini and a bag of books! I will be starting my degree in International Relations soon and am hoping to become a journalist/campaigner for NGOs and various human rights issues. I am particularly passionate about women’s rights and truly believe (based on past experience) that a copy of Girlosophy would go a long way in the hands of any young woman.
Melbournian girl gone Parisian loving life and trying to share her adventures with the world. Olivia graduated from Melbourne University in 2011 and is now looking to do masters in Paris as of October this year. She, like everybody else, is wanting to make the most of her time on planet Earth by getting out there and seeing the sights, traveling, cooking, writing and sharing special stories of her quaint couple life with her Frenchman, J. Olivia has a soft spot for cakes, India, puppies and stationary. If she could, she would spend a year in India soaking up the culture, food, chai and vibrant smiling faces for inspiration for her blog. Olivia grew up reading Girlosophy and would like to give back to the community that gave her so much rich knowledge. www.oh-la-la-livia.com
Connie is currently based in British Columbia / Canada. She is a Registered Nurse on a Trauma Unit in Vancouver. She is also working part time on her Master degree in Disaster Relief Healthcare with the University of Glamorgan. Pursuing an education and career in disaster relief has always been a goal of hers. Connie’s time has been shaped by her desire to better understand global health and community issues. Outside the classroom, she has a hunger for travel and adventure. Backpacking, exploring and volunteering in close to 30 countries, it is clear that travelling is her greatest passion. As a globetrotter and outdoor enthusiast, any other free time is usually spent mountain biking, snowboarding or trying her hand at photography.
Tegan the vegan is a Perth girl living in Melbourne, waiting to jump at the opportunity to travel. She is currently completing a Masters of Social Science in Environment and Planning at RMIT, and plans to save the world one mushroom burger at a time. She is also a professional Lushie, teaching people the joy of bubble baths and ethical skincare. In her spare time she enjoys cartoons, renovating her draughty old house and laughing at cats on the Internet.
Samantha Chalker has an unnatural obsession with fitting all of her belongings into a suitcase. It makes life much easier when she spontaneously decides to head off overseas without plan of return, carrying idealistic dreams of teaching yoga in India or whipping up cocktails in Bali. When Samantha’s not off travelling the world, she’s in Sydney doing marketing work for Contiki Holidays; trying desperately to find contentment in sitting still. In a past life she was a well-tanned Cuban woman who owned a seaside ice-creamery. She hopes to return there someday soon.
I have been wielding a camera since my first disposable Kodak at the age of four. From taking photos of my first dog, fingers covering the lens and all, it has quickly grown to be my biggest passion. I took ownership of the family camera at every opportunity possible and used it to snap photos of blurry flowers and relatives. On my fourteenth birthday I got my first DSLR and have been using it ever since. I now have dreams of travelling the world and taking pictures of it for the world to see. New York, Morocco, Tokyo and Israel; they’re all on the list (so far I have been able to tick off volunteering in Cambodia, safari-ing in Africa and relaxing in Fiji). I want to help put a stop to the illegal sex trade, especially of children in Southeast Asia. I hope my camera is able to help me do this, along with many other issues I am passionate about.
Hayley May Bracken
Hayley May Bracken is the product of an early obsession with golden Hollywood cinema. Crushed by the realisation that people don't 'actually' break out in song and choreographed dance; she has been writing, making theatre, films and music ever since. She believes that forcing her sisters (who suffer from the same affliction) to form a du wop band called 'The Brackettes' will help. Sometimes the whole sordid affair of 'storytelling' reeks to her of desperation and she imagines retreating to a life of monastic solitude. Then all at once she is struck by something and feels an overwhelming urgency to share it.
Maja Baska finished a double degree in Photomedia and Film theory at COFA in 2008. She has been working as a freelance photographer for the past 5 years, shooting music, fashion and social photography. She started her studies at a young age by assisting her Mum, a portrait photographer and her Dad a documentary film maker. They instilled in her a love of portraiture and the style of observational documentaries. Maja enjoys photo walks and blogging about her regular adventures at the markets. She hopes to travel with her photography work and explore portraiture all over the world.
Gabriella Hirst is an emerging artist from Sydney. She graduated from the College of Fine Arts in Sydney in 2010, and has exhibited works in Sydney, Melbourne and Venice, and is heading to India this summer for an Artist residency program in Rajasthan. She also runs a contemporary jewellery business named Zoophite. The best things about living in Darlinghurst, Sydney, according to Gabriella are 'the frequent amazing garage sales that pop up in time-capsule apartments. I also love the big table at Bunker Cafe near my house, where you can end up in the most interesting conversations with strangers sitting next to you. And I adore sitting on our roof and watching the bats migrate from the Botanical Gardens to Centennial Park in the evenings.
Mary has completed a degree in Fine Arts (Fashion) and is a Brisbane based freelance sustainable fashion consultant. A trained fashion designer and self confessed op shop addict Mary is also a member of The Stitchery Collective. She spends her spare time baking, taking photos, making quilts and camping in national parks whenever she can.
Susan is all about photography! Originally from Canberra, Susan completed a degree in Photomedia at the Canberra School of Art, and now works as a retoucher and printer in one of Sydney’s well-known photographic print labs. She produces fine-art prints for artist’s exhibitions, advises clients on how and what to print their images on, and in her spare time puts her hand up to shoot weddings, or heads down the south coast to shoot classic car shows and the beautiful landscape of the Illawarra region.
Roz is an experienced wanderer, with a sideline in creative daydreaming. She subsidises her itchy feet with an office-based job, but still fantasises about becoming a female Bill Bryson (who doesn't?). Currently based in London, she has lived in Sydney, New York and Ireland. She enjoys blogging about urban life and hot ashtanga yoga (but sadly remains incredibly uncoordinated). Passionate about all things past, she studied for a Master's in Modern European History at Cambridge University and joint BA in History and English Literature at the National University of Ireland.
Deanne is currently based in Perth, Western Australia, but she hopes to see every corner of the world. She is a passionate promoter of confidence and self-love amongst all women and believes that every girl has the right to feel good about themselves. Her time is spent working, working out, dining out, dancing and watching teen flicks.
Mary Saliba is an Australian lawyer currently working for a television network based in Doha, Qatar. Mary is delighted to share her individual reflections on culture, aesthetics and interpretations of human existence exclusively with Girlosophy girls! Her masters in Peace and Conflict studies at the University of Sydney leads her curiosity to explore the intricate, intimate and intertwined aspects of human connection, spiritual dimensions of living, and the concept of 'self'. For fun, she loves to absorb contagious music tunes, attempt ambitious dance moves and absorb words of wisdom from inspirational writers and anybody else she meets along the way. All her opinions are her own!
Julia has recently completed an International Studies degree at Sydney University, majoring in Indigenous Studies and Anthropology. She managed to intersperse her degree with as much travel as possible, surfing in the Pacific and thriving on the colour and vibrancy of India, Papua New Guinea and the Caribbean. She has also fallen in love with the desert and had extended stays working and studying in central Australia. Julia loves poetry and enjoys finding old treasures in second hand book stores. On her days off she sinks into Lorca in her favourite arm chair or busies herself raising tadpoles and pottering in the garden.
Jo is a writer and media guru who specialises in contributing to the world of travel and lifestyle publishing. After completing an Arts degree at the University of Sydney and post graduate studies in media at UNSW, she spent four years working at ACP Magazines. In 2009 she was lured to live in Melbourne for its incredible arts and live music scene (the coffee ain't too shabby either) where she has continued to live, love and laugh. Being blessed with some brilliant travel and life experiences, her writing and photography has appeared in newspapers, magazines, websites and blogs. With a keen eye for the absurd, Jo will do anything in the name of a good story, from visiting California's delightful Museum of Death to receiving a hug from Amma (India's hugging saint) and sweating it out with celebrity aerobics master Richard Simmons in LA. Always up for a sweet scheme or caper, her interests include: game shows, soap operas, Elvis movies, astrology, tarot, yoga and other mystical matters. www.wordessence.com.au
Jane is a writer from Melbourne Australia and a lover of books, art, wholefoods, sunshine, dogs, camping, festivals, travel and people. When not lounging around in hammocks she teaches yoga and barters letters for clothing as co-creator of the art project, Clothing for Correspondence. She is currently working on two book projects: a young adult novel and a non-fiction book about life in the Kimberley, Western Australia, where she has just spent a year working for an Aboriginal Health Service. Her favourite pastimes are road-tripping her little old campervan and hanging at home with the chooks.
“I want to see the whole wide world mummy”. From the age of four Zoë had always dreamt of travelling, exploring, adventuring and interacting with people and places all over the globe. From camping throughout the French countryside to volunteering at an Indian Veterinary hospital, whatever the reason or purpose, she has learned that Travel can be molded to your desires. You may wish for a holiday, a taste of an exotic culture or perhaps to volunteer in an area of need. Whatever it is travel will broaden your mind, so go for it!
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Shinta Dharmayu Sunoto is an Indonesian third culture girl currently living in Jakarta, Indonesia. Country hopping from a very young age, her love of travel never fades. At the moment, she works as a Producer in an audiovisual company, but still seeks adventures and enjoys documenting her experiences with photography and writing. In her spare time, she loves dancing, RPM classes and cooking, as well as watching her favorite TV shows for story-inspirations. Shinta still hopes to make a film about her courageous parents, travel more to see the world and meet new people everyday.
Saskia lives in Sydney and is the head textile designer for Sparkk designing prints for interiors. She like all the girls here, is mad about travelling, photography and film. She is lucky enough to go on some pretty crazy adventures and take photos, but her passion is empowering women and chlidren in developing countries. Saskia hopes to one day bring about a big change, or just help out where needed!
Currently studying a Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations)/Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at CSU in Bathurst rural NSW, Gracie can’t wait to finish her degree this year and go exploring the big wide world out there. She loves her little Uni, and life in the country but has always been a beach girl growing up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Aside from study Gracie has a passion for all things music; especially going to music festivals and finding hidden treasures and tiny live music venues wherever she may go. She hopes her future holds continual discoveries through the sublime mix of music and travel.
Elise is a UTS journalism student from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, who is hoping her degree will let her make a career of writing about topics that interest girls. She loves; baking, taking photos, seeing the world, eating out, painting her nails, laughing, drinking tea and flipping through magazines. She can save enough by the time she's finished her degree her dream is to travel to the USA and sip on a peanut butter milkshake.
Fiona is a Financial Adviser from Sydney, Australia. With a genuine approach and genuine interest in others she enjoys meeting people of all backgrounds and walks of life. Growing up Fiona lived in a single parent household watching her mother struggle as a sole provider for her two daughters. It was those experiences that laid the foundations to her passion for helping others with their financial matters. Fiona understands the pressures females face in the professional world and is a promoter and supporter of women in business. Besides financial advice, Fiona is a qualified personal trainer and promoter of positivity and self-empowerment she believes with a healthy mind, a healthy body and healthy finances you’ll have a healthy Life!
April Davies is a jack of all trades when it comes to the media world. After studying a degree in Media and Communications at the University of Western Sydney she has worked alongside some of the industry’s best in PR (Australian TV and Film School), media planning, media sales (MiNDFOOD magazine and Pacific magazines) and advertising. She has passion for learning about media from a psychological perspective, and one day wants to use this knowledge as a tool for helping young women break free from the belief they have to look, act and dress a certain way because of the medias influence. When she is not working you can find her on the basketball court, sailing, meditating or dancing around like a nut case. She loves travel, but is also the biggest advocate of her city of origin…. Sydney. A place she believes really does have it all!
Laura is a local Sydney beaches girl, who after graduating from a Bachelor of Fashion and Textile Design, moved to NYC to intern. A turn of events (and a trip to India) led to a career change and she is now studying to become a Vedic Meditation teacher. Her parents revealed the vastness of the world to her at a very young age, as they travelled through the USA, Europe and Asia. It led to a travel obsession and Laura now roams the world, visiting friends, exploring new lands and photographing her odyssey. One life dream? “To visit every country in the world.”
Holly lives by the ocean in Adelaide, South Australia and loves the simplicity and beauty of beach living. She is a strong believer in rolling out of bed an hour early to dedicate time for morning yoga, goal-setting or simply inhaling the sun and salty sea breeze. Holly is a TV Producer by day and a Film Student by night. She has a passion for women's empowerment and over the last few years has been involved with several organisations and movements to create awareness about the power of investing in women, particularly in developing countries.
Liz Holman is a traveler of life. She is about exploration, adventure and freedom... of the mind, the body and the spirit. Now living in Thailand, she works as a personal trainer, runs holistic wellness retreats and coaches people into living a more balanced lifestyle. She brought her work to Thailand to be surrounded with like minded practitioners, teachers and clients as well as live in a stunning country that is blessed with a perfect year round climate, and access to an abundant food supply of raw food and beaches.
Emily is a practicing photographer and loves experimenting with both film and digital. She has had an interest in all things digital and the issues that follow since a young age. Recently graduated from a bachelor of media in screen and sound with a minor in art history, she has a diverse range of interests. She is Sydney based, but takes every opportunity to escape, and can often be found losing herself in a bookshop or exploring the depths of Chinatown.
Aubrey is a lover, dreamer, assistant stylist and all-round creative who is currently based in Sydney. She has worked in the PR and marketing industry for over five years but recently left to travel and experiment on all things creative. She loves the feeling of the unknown world, wandering, getting lost and documenting all the in-between's. Her blog, is a reflection of her personal style, visual inspiration, travel journal and everyday encounters. Favourite place to date: Jaisalmer, India.
Aubrey's Blog: hopethislasts.com
I am a Brisbane based (struggling) photo-journalism and International Relations student. When I am not reading or talking about British grunge/pop music (aka. The Smiths) I work as the Queensland Universities Director for ‘Vision Generation’ (the youth movement of World Vision) -which I absolutely ADORE, as I love learning about the world and feeling as if I can make a difference (no matter how small!). I have an intense obsession about the idea of me breaking into the career as a foreign correspondent where I am able to - quite literally - travel EVERYWHERE. I hope to return to Nepal so I can take part in the 'Free Tibet' Movement. In my spare time I write reviews about new novels, albums and movies for Brisbane's Rave magazine, while also interviewing bands and musicians about their music and other interests, which is incredibly worthwhile as I always get to hang out in groovy cafes and bars.
Melissa Di Niro
Melissa Di Niro is currently completing her Masters in Film and Video at Deakin University. She is looking forward to joining the media industry in areas of writing, film making and producing. Melissa calls Melbourne home but has spent time living on the Great Ocean Road and misses being so close to the water. Melissa has travelled as a dancer to America (dancing at Disneyland) and Asia and hopes to continue exploring the world in the future. She loves reading and spends a lot of her downtime volunteering to various community groups and film organizations where she is gaining invaluable experience.
A native Sydneysider, Hayley became obsessed with travel after a stint living and studying in France. Her inner travel bug has seen her visit over 30 countries in the past 5 years, including most recently Russia, Romania, Indonesia, Cambodia and India. Whilst aspiring to write the next Pride and Prejudice, Hayley is happiest when engrossed in a good book or watching any type of sports, and is passionate about women’s rights. She recently completed the Juris Doctor at the University of Sydney, after undertaking a double degree of Bachelor of Communications (Writing and Cultural Studies) and Bachelor of International Studies, majoring in French at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Kiri Becher is a happy go lucky 19 year old from Byron Bay Australia. Fresh out of high school, her life changed when she decided to pack her bags, buy a one-way ticket to Europe, and leave behind all the comforts of home. Kiri’s only plan is to have no plan! Taking life as it comes, she hopes to explore as much of this incredible world as she possibly can. With a passion for photography, Kiri aims to capture the beauty in everything she sees, sharing her stories and photos through her travel blog ‘Junket’ and now as a fellow girlo member.
Gemma Cagnacci studied Design at COFA, majoring in textile and graphic design. She has been working as a textile designer for the past six years, specialising in home wares and collaborating with Australia's major retailers.While textiles and design take up the majority of Gemma's time, it is travel and photography that hold a special place in her heart. She has been fortunate enough to travel to many far flung and exotic destinations, Central Asia and the Middle East being some of her favourite regions. Gemma hopes to continue exploring the world, visually documenting her travels and being inspired for future creative projects and collaborations, including using her travels to develop her own textile and home wares ranges.
Raised on a farm in country NSW, Claire spent most of her childhood outdoors, often covered in dirt, and exceedingly contented. Not too much has changed since then.When Claire is not working as an outdoor instructor or expedition leader- taking young people into the wild either in Australia or overseas, you might find her mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, playing team sports, being silly with friends, or planning her next adventure. Claire is also a registered nurse, which has allowed her the freedom to travel and work in many interesting places. Living in Jindabyne, Claire is currently completing a Masters in Public Health, which ties in with her interest in health and community development, and her passion for empowering young people.Claire’s interests are many and varied, but as long as there are family and friends, wilderness, bikes, and a guitar, life is sweet, and smiles are wider than the original Snowy River in flood!
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