Sometimes when you wake up feeling a lil’ bit cynical about the 9-5 slog, you just need to quit your job, take off your clothes, throw out all the food in your cupboard, move to the South American jungle and live off-grid, completely naked, eating only fruits and vegetables you’ve grown on your own land.
It’s really that simple.
You see, ever since moving from Adelaide to the jungle six months ago, Youtuber Freelee the Banana Girl (real name Leanne Ratcliffe), has claimed that a majority of the problems we face in Western civilisation can be entirely resolved by literally moving to another country to have a ‘minimalist life’ while simultaneously posting regularly about said life on social media.
The 37-year-old, who has previously attracted a great deal of attention for her rejection of conventional science (she’s previously claimed ‘chemo is killing us,’ and ‘menstruation is toxicity leaving the body’), as well as her alleged ‘bullying’ tactics towards those who don’t embrace an entirely vegan lifestyle, now says she is “freer than ever in life”.
Although it’s seldom, I still feel the pressure to conform in society, to shave my legs and underarms, to paint my face and look a certain way to others. This western self-obsession is a powerful dis-ease to shake. Some days I strut confidently, other days I pick at my insecurities, but everyday I move forward with strong purpose. I sometimes see that look of disgust from certain others at my hairy armpits and legs but I always remind myself – that person is not part of my tribe. Would I really want to spend my valuable time with someone who feels that way? About body hair? A person who thinks I’m disgusting as my natural self? Heck no! ????♀️Girls, remember, your body hair is a gift, it’s protective and part of your being, but maybe best of all it’s also a powerful natural fuckboi repellent.????#gofreeyourself
“11 years ago I renamed myself Freelee during a waterfast because freedom is what I hold most sacred in life,” she wrote on Instagram in February.
“Since then I’ve been shedding the layers that hold me back. I freed myself from the 9-5 slave drive and moved to the jungle.
“I spend most of my day nude; free of restrictive clothing. I feast mostly on organic fruits and vegetables picked from the land.
“I shower in monsoonal rains and drink from pristine creeks. I quit an unhealthy relationship and found peace.”
She doesn’t use makeup, doesn’t shave, doesn’t watch television, disapproves of shops and cars, uses a self-built composting toilet, lives in a tent and all electricity she uses is 100 per cent solar powered. She also wants to be naked all the time to “celebrate my birth-day body in my natural surroundings” and loves how comfortable tribeswomen are with their bodies, even though, she notes, they have “saggy breasts”.