My feminist icon: Scarlett Curtis reveals who inspires her

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Stylist is running its first ever feminist advent calendar in 2018, with a remarkable woman revealing who her feminist icon is every day until 25 December. Here, Scarlett Curtis reveals why Trisha Shetty is her ultimate feminist icon. 

My feminist icon is Trisha Shetty. She is an Indian activist and the founder of She Says, an organisation that helps fight against rape in India and works to protect women and try to change the laws.

Trisha is the most amazing activist but also the most kind and wonderful person. She has dedicated her life to making the word a better place and that’s not always an easy thing to do. She gets unimaginable hate and trolling online because she chooses to speak up for women’s rights in a country where that very act is demonised. Through all of this she manages to be kind and calm and loving and she is 100% the person I want to be when I grow up.

Trisha Shetty receives her Young Leaders Award from Queen Elizabeth II

Trisha Shetty receives her Young Leaders Award from Queen Elizabeth II 

I first heard about her when I was working as a social media manager for an organisation within the UN and Trisha won a Global Goals Goalkeepers award in 2016 while I was working there. She made a speech that made everyone in the room cry and I immediately wanted to be her!

I have met her – I actually consider her a friend. She is so kind and has time to talk to everyone. Something I really admire about Trisha is that she’s not afraid to be angry. Anger is needed in the feminist movement if we want to make change and Trisha has this miraculous ability to turn her anger into action and not just let it fester. 

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philosophy are the official partner of Stylist’s Remarkable Women Awards 2018 and, for every day in December, Stylist is asking a remarkable woman to tell us who her feminist icon is, and why. You can see more inspiring and remarkable women here.

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