Friday Best is a series of conversations with young women on life as they know it.

Each week we speak with women from all walks of life about their personal story and their perspective on the world around them.

An interview is published every Friday and each guest then nominates another young woman to join in the conversation.


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Teresa Truda

Since she can remember, Teresa Truda has always felt like a little bit of an outsider – she's always pushed a little harder

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Aria Rockwood

Aria Rockwood did not have the typical upbringing. Born to a polygamist father

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Elena Rossini

Elena Rossini is an Italian filmmaker, photographer, director and writer living in Paris.

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Rachel Hills

Rachel Hills is an Australian writer living in New York who, in many ways, was destined to write about sex.

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Robyn Exton

Robyn Exton is a British entrepreneur living in California. As founder and CEO of the lesbian dating app HER,

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Ash Huang

Ash Huang is a designer, writer and illustrator based in San Francisco. She has worked for Pinterest, Twitter and Dropbox and loves to barrack for the underdog.

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Shannon Kelly

Shannon Kelly is a chameleon, a woman of many talents and many careers.

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Verita Stewart

It’s been a few years since Verita Stewart bought her first road bike and began cycling around El Dorado in country Victoria.

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Maria-Jose Soerens

Maria-Jose Soerens views life’s chance encounters and opportunities as invitations and she has yet to turn one down.

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Lauren Casey

At fourteen-years-and-seven-months-old, Lauren Casey sought permission to get a job at McDonald’s

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Lucy Richards

Lucy Richards is adept at living in the present moment. From a very young age, she has been mindful of the fact that self doubt

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Karen Alexander

Karen Alexander is described by those who know her best as effervescent. And it’s true.

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Suralini Fernando

You know you’re speaking to someone pretty extraordinary when you have the constant urge to write most of what they say down.

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Nikki Wangler

Nikki Wangler finds her inspiration in everyone she meets and everything she encounters.

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Maria Amelia Randall

It was Maria Amelia Randall’s perfectly crafted lattes that first caught the attention of fellow Friday Bester, Roisin Connolly,

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Bree Pagliuso

I first met Bree at primary school when we were four years old. For the next seven years we entertained ourselves and anyone

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Roisin Connolly

Roisin Connolly is single-minded in her desire to forge a career on her own terms. Straight out of university Roisin launched

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Olivia Murphy

Olivia Murphy is an old soul. As a child her parents used to joke that she was twelve going on 45.

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Laura Lantieri

When faced with those ‘Who are you?’ questions, Laura Lantieri’s answers are often contradictory.

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Marta Soszynska

Marta Soszynska is a crusader. She was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland, but has spent the last five years

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Jess Loudon

Jess Loudon is a lawyer turned actor who chats to me like we’ve known each other for five years rather than five minutes.

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Lynsay Hilsabeck

Lynsay Hilsabeck’s life is full and happy and refreshingly unconventional.

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Rachel Shepheard

Living in Melbourne, you sometimes have the feeling that there are far less than the fabled six degrees of separation orbiting around you.

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