Britt Meets Scarlett Curtis
Posted on March 12 2018
WHO: Scarlett Curtis
WHEN: January 24th, 2018
Her first name is Scarlett. Last name, Curtis. She has the most perfect shade of pink hair and exudes egoless confidence.
You may know her from her column in the Sunday Times THE GENERATION Z HIT LIST where, as she puts it, “Her job is essentially to watch TV, google things and listen to podcasts and report on it.”
Her roots are in London but she is currently living in New York because she is a full time student at NYU.
She worked for 18 months as social media director of the UN’s campaign ‘The Global Goals’ and is a passionate activist, currently working with the Un-Idle Collective; an online and offline activism collective for young women.
Oh, by the way, did I mention she is 22 years old?! No, I don’t think I did, so let me repeat myself, SHE IS 22 YEARS OLD.
However impressive the facts are mentioned above, honestly what stands out the most to me is her dedication and drive to make positive changes happen in her communities that benefit young females. She is a strong and powerful VOICE and right now, that is needed more than ever.
Her most recent project THE PINK PROTEST is a foundation that she built with her best friend Grace Campbell to be the silent drivers behind grassroots movements that are in support of females. Oops, not so silent now. :)
For whatever reason, Scarlett graciously committed to participating in this series prior to me releasing any content. For that, I am so so so so sooooo beyond grateful to her. I was nervous upon meeting her because I admire her so much and after sitting down with me in Chelsea on a cold and very rainy London afternoon, I fell in love with her even more!
I highly recommend listening to our interview. I say that each time. But I mean it.
SCARLETT HISTORY. Again, she’s only 22 but a lot has happened in those 22 years.
Due to an unfortunate health situation when she was 14, Scarlett was taken out of school.
As a result, she dealt with the repercussions of depression and feeling lost, and found comfort in writing. It was her outlet. Her outlet turned into being more than just a hobby to pass the time. It was a place she found comfort in dealing with those hard curveballs LIFE throws at you when you are least expecting it.
Now, I know what you may be thinking, oh she’s 22 year’s old and writing for THE TIMES and a contributing editor at ELLE…so I asked her,
How do you get there? (There being the really cool job titles she holds)
“It doesn’t just happen. YOU have to make it happen for YOU. I’ve been writing for 7 years. There hasn’t been a month for the last 7 years that I haven’t been writing.” #commitment
I know you mentioned feeling lost and dealing with depression in your teenage years especially after your health situation, was writing an outlet for this and to feel better?
“Absolutely. Even though it was work, it was weirdly therapeutic.”
What advice would you give a young girl who doesn’t know what outlet might be best?
“That’s so hard because I feel like you need to find it yourself. Yes, it has always been writing for me but, this last year, yoga has also changed my life. For the last six years people have been telling me to do it and I never did and then, one day, something clicked. So I honestly think you just have to TRY LOADS OF THINGS.”
WHEN THE STUDENT IS READY, THE TEACHER APPEARS
As I have mentioned above, you are so incredibly busy between work, school, THE PINK PROTEST. Do you make time and space for yourself?
“Sometimes when you are so scared of not having anything to do, you overload yourself but that is not healthy. You need to trust you will be fine if you take on a bit less and that might open up space in your life for new things. You can’t find what you need unless you give yourself that space.”
Again, let me repeat what she just said because it is so genius…
“You need to trust you will be fine if you take on a bit less and that might open up space in your life for new things. You can’t find what you need unless you give yourself that space.”
SCARLETT IS A POSITIVE, HONEST, VOICE
Thoughts on it?
“I love it. It was how I made a lot of friends, relationships and how I communicated with people (during her teenage years). I also used it as a place where I could write about my depression and anxiety, on my blog, and it worked. Having that place I could write it down and LET GO of shame.”
OK… THE PINK PROTEST
Scarlett and her best friend Grace Campbell started their movement THE PINK PROTEST to support other campaigns and help create content and movement to support grassroots organizations of women coming together.
In their first video, they interviewed 40 female activists on what it means TO BE AN ACTIVIST. And it was during that time that they met and interviewed Amika George (then 17) and kick — started momentum in gaining attention for the Free Periods Movement. Amika is the teen founder of Free Periods (#FreePeriods) which she started after discovering how many young women in the UK cannot afford sanitary items. Amika was so shocked that she took it upon herself to start the #FreePeriods campaign which urged the government to provide free sanitary products in UK schools. “We’re starting a conversation… getting the period conversation started.”
Writer, role model, activist and more. Scarlett is a force to be reckoned with. A multi-talented woman with activism in her blood, Scarlett is leading a new breed of women who are fighting for what they believe in, and raising their voices for the benefit of others. And she represents what this series is ALL about — #sisterhood.