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Content creator and journalist specialising in features, entertainment and wellness. I began my career at the BBC in broadcast media before moving into print and digital magazine journalism.
I have interviewed notable names from Spiderman star Tom Holland to former Home Secretary Amber Rudd, and I once swapped book recommendations with Liv Tyler.
My work has been long-listed for One World Media’s Popular Features Award and shortlisted for the BSME Best Innovation Award.
Published in Marie Claire, National Geographic Traveller, Red Magazine, The Independent & more
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Female astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti broke the record for the longest single space flight by a woman when she travelled to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2014 (although it has since been broken by American Peggy Whitson).
Of a staggering 1.2 million children estimated to be working in prostitution in India, only 55 legal cases were brought to court in 2015. With so little action being taken, it's no wonder that perpetrators feel they are above the law.
Syria has been embroiled in a bloody conflict for six years with over 400,000 civilian deaths and millions displaced by war. Marie Claire meets two women on the frontline. Interviews by Hilal Seven & Rosie Benson Amidst all the death and destruction in Syria, there is one organisation which exists solely to protect civilians.
Throughout Game of Thrones, we've watched Sansa Stark go from innocent, wide-eyed princess to disillusioned, broken young woman - a transformation which at times has been difficult to watch. The most harrowing episode by far in Sansa's transformation took place in Season Five, where she was brutally raped by the sadistic Ramsay Bolton on her wedding night.
In a new positive step, it's Kenyan men that are working to stop FGM and end the stigma against 'uncut' girls in their community... Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the practise that involves cutting off a girl's clitoris, and sewing up her vulva, is a difficult subject to discuss openly in many parts of the world.
Did you know that the UK has the harshest punishment for self-induced abortion of any country in Europe, bar Ireland? And, that an increasing number of women are now buying illegal abortion pills online. Can you imagine facing life imprisonment for procuring an abortion, not in Ireland, or the US, but here in the UK?
'Breast is best,' as the saying goes, but what happens if you have difficulty breastfeeding, or feel it's just not for you?
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave us serious #feministgoals last week at the WoW festival in London. Here are our best 10 quotes from her speech Last week London's Southbank Centre hosted it's seventh Women of the World festival - a six-day event in celebration of women and their experiences around the world.
Women have come a long way since 1917 -when we couldn't vote, get legal protection from marital rape, or initiative divorce Sadly, there are still many outdated and downright depressing anti-women laws in use around the world today - women in Saudi Arabia cannot drive or leave the house without a male guardian present.
The term 'millennial' may have become synonymous with 'generation-rent' or 'boomerang babies', but it turns out that things aren't all doom and gloom for the M generation - that is if they're aged 30 or under.
So It Turns Out The Gender Pay Gap Even Applies To Online Auction Sites As if women didn't have it hard enough in life, what with the tampon tax and pay gap in the workplace, news has emerged this week that on eBay we are getting shortchanged too.
So exactly who you can expect to run into this Freshers' Week... Freshers' week is approaching for thousands of new students. It's a week synonymous with shiny halls of residence, regretful hook-ups, copious amounts of alcohol, and friendships quickly forged and just as swiftly forgotten.
Boys who identify as female can now wear skirts to school... This week we're all about #BreakingFree from Gender Stereotyping. That's why we were thrilled to read about this school in Australia, re-writing the rulebook on school uniform.
In a historic victory, a woman has become the first to win a rape case in a civil, not criminal, court in Scotland. Words by Rosie Benson Denise Clair, a 30-year-old mother of one, was left 'devastated' when the criminal justice system decided not to prosecute footballers David Goodwillie and David Robertson, who allegedly raped her in the early hours of January 2nd, 2011.
Oh Tom Hardy, how do we adore thee? From his love of man's best friend and his uncanny ability to shoot down sexists, to the time he was totally cool and hilarious about the internet discovering his old MySpace account, there has been many a time that Tom has swept us off our feet.
These were the words of our British Airways pilot as we touched down in Male, at the international airport of the Maldives. Soon it was into our tiny seaplane (not recommended for claustrophobic-types) for a thirty minute flight before touchdown on M irihi, our very own castaway island. Two words: 'Shoes Optional'.
Find the perfect Airbnb in Venice to make sure your trip to the watery wonderland is one to remember.
Journalist and blogger Rosie Benson left a stable job in the UK to spend a year in Rome, learning the language, how to cook, and how to live life the Italian way. She tells The Local about her decision to book a one-way ticket to Italy - against the advice of almost everyone she knew.
Monti, a tiny quartiere tucked away beside the Colosseum, might be small in size, but it has a lot packed in between its walls. Its history is varied and colourful; hardly surprising for the area which grew up alongside the Roman Forum, the political heart of the Roman empire.
Land-locked, football mad, the eternal rival to Barcelona, Madrid has a lot more to offer than boulevards and the beautiful game. Here, Rosie Benson takes at look at five must-dos in Spain's capital city... What to drink... Nobody drinks sangria in Spain anymore, it's all about Tinto de Verano. Th
To celebrate Global Wellness Day, Rosie Benson rounds up the thermal delights that Europe’s hot springs have to offer.
"It's not possible to arrive at the favela by car, so we have to go by motorbike," says Annalise, our guide for the day, as a group of leather-clad bikers pulls up in front of us. I eye them nervously. I've never been on a motorbike, let alone entered a favela on one.
by Rosie Benson, travel writer Thought Scottish cuisine stopped at haggis and deep-fried Mars bars? Think again. In recent years Scotland has been transforming its culinary culture, with Glasgow, its largest city, leading the way. This year sees the launch of Glasgow's first restaurant festival; a month long celebration of local produce and businesses, giving restaurateurs the chance to showcase their most mouth-watering creations.
Living so close to the continent and spoilt for choice with budget airlines, it’s easy to forget that we have our very own island getaways right here on our shores. There are more than 6,000 islands across British and Irish waters, and even more when including British Overseas Territories. We’ve put together a selection of some of the best.
As the Olympic torch sets off on its relay across Brazil, Rosie Benson takes a look at five of the best cities to visit en route…
With the Tour de France almost upon us, Rosie Benson takes a look at some alternative cycling destinations…
Health & Wellness
A new pill to combat PMS could be on the horizon, as scientists find a genetic factor for the condition. Words by Rosie Benson It's an illness that hardly needs an introduction, but PMS, PMT, or Premenstrual Syndrome, to give it its full title, is a debilitating and often underappreciated condition that affects an estimated one in twenty women.
To end our Break Free From Body Hate week, here are some inspirational instragrammers promoting body confidence... It's the last day of our #Breakfree From Body Hate week, where we've made a promise to ourselves to let go of all the body insecurities that have been holding us back.
We all know at least one - the friend who never cries off with a cold, who boasts about their robust immune system, and hasn't taken a sick day in...ever. But how do they do it? Words by Rosie Benson Did you know that you will get around 200 colds in your lifetime?
Styled by Bay Garnett, and modelled by the likes of Erin O'Connor, Clara Paget and Stella Tennant, Oxfam showed it can hold its own on the catwalk at London Fashion Week What better way to kick off London Fashion Week than discovering some fabulous vintage clothes, as shown on supermodels, while doing your bit to fight poverty at the same time?
For the first time in his career, renowned British photographer Rankin has designed an exclusive fashion range. Why? To encourage us all to be a little bit funny for money. Inspired by his love for animals, Rankin has designed an exclusive T-shirt range for this year's Comic Relief, some of which even feature Rankin's own pup Doris.
We wanted to find out how one of London's hottest shoe designers used Disney's Frozen to inspire her latest collection Ah Frozen - the story of two sisters fighting to overcome a magic curse, defeat an evil prince, and break free from the ghosts of their past, all while cavorting through snow with a trusty snowman by their side - it's girl-power with an icy twist, and frankly, what's not to love?
Sex & Relationships
Sex Games: How many of these are you brave enough to try Looking for a great sex game to spice things up in the bedroom? Well, we tried them all and here are 7 of the best sex games out there. You're very welcome...
Us Brits aren't know for our love of public displays of affection - exaggerated displays of lust tend to leave us frowning and tutting with disapproval. Yet apparently, we're not quite as prudish as we think. In honour of Valentine's Day and all things romantic Virgin Atlantic conducted a Facebook Live experiment to find out the perfect length of time for a kiss.
It turns out that us Brits are a fussier bunch than most, particularly us girls in fact, with a whopping 86 per cent of us admitting that we have refused to stay over at our partner's pads due to one or other of their (or their housemates) unsavoury habits.
Jannette Davies had her first multiple orgasm when she was 16 years old. She quickly learned that she could easily orgasm multiple times, making her part of a select group of 'super orgasmic' women, some of whom are able to orgasm over 60 times.
During Men's Health Week, here's how you can help if a man in your life is suffering with depression and anxiety Men's health problems - particularly mental health issues - have been a big topic this year, largely thanks to campaigns spearheaded by Princes William and Harry, such as Heads Together.
Stop everything: it's now possible to turn your knickers into your very own portable sex toy... That's right, in 2016 you can actually wear vibrating knickers underneath your trousers and no one will suspect a thing. Vibrating knickers have been around for a while, but in the past few months have enjoyed a huge surge in popularity.
Food & Drink
By Rosie Benson It can feel exhausting keeping up with the latest food fads, and staying on top of what is supposedly the hottest new miracle food. From fat-free, to gluten-free, to dairy-free, there's a lot of conflicting information out there on how to choose the best diet for you.
In honour of National Vegetarian Week, Rosie Benson takes a look at some of the best vegan and vegetarian dishes across the globe...
By Rosie Benson Hailed as one of nature's most versatile products, there is no doubt that coconut oil is having a moment. Whilst it can be used as an effective moisturiser, hair serum, and body scrub, it can also bring huge benefits to our insides, making it a staple in any health conscious kitchen.
Grace Neutral has over 450K followers on Instagram, elf-shaped ears, violet eyes and a forked tongue. Now, her tv show Needles and Pins is about to debut on Viceland. We had a chat with her to find out more about her journey into the world of tattoos, body modification, and Japanese rope tying...
'You always have that fear of pissing off half your fan base, but I'm not here to water down my personality' Maren Morris' star is on the rise. Her major label debut album, Hero, reached number five on the US Billboard 200 chart and the album's debut single, My Church, won her a award for Best Country Solo Performance in 2017.
The Vikings star talks to TLE all about female warriors, her role as Helga, and boarding school vibes on set... What attracted you to the role of Helga, are there any similarities between you? She came into the script as this kind of carefree, Viking hippie, who was a fundamental pagan.
It's easy to miss Rechicle at first; tucked away on a quiet street in Prati, there is no grand sign announcing its presence to passersby. In fact, the only thing giving it away is the window display, which tantalisingly reveals colourful vintage bags and scarves, alongside 1950s beauty cases and designer sunglasses.
As part of our #BREAKFREE from labels campaign, we've rounded up the inspiring words we've heard on judgement and fighting stereotypes this week... Here are the inspirational stories of four women who have fought labels and overcome stereotypes...
Hugh Thomson-Slater, 63, from Surrey has cerebral palsy My equipment is very important to me. Without my wheelchair I’d lose my independence. I have a normal wheelchair in the house but outside I use a powered one. It needs replacing every three to four years. If my money gets capped I may not be able to afford a replacement.