It’s a running theme of this blog that every time I come to write these intros I’m lost for words, knees deep in my gushing adoration for these incredible people. The same is true of today’s (and forever’s) enthuse muse Olive Pometsey, a writer working at Drugstore Culture and writing for GQ and ELLE, and a fashion icon working for the good of the people by spoiling us with images of her incredible style. From serious, brilliantly crafted and intelligently informed pieces on feminism and why the city of Hull won’t benefit from being City of Culture to pieces on why Mariah will always be the ultimate Christmas bop (there will be no questions), Olive is the voice of our generation that you NEED on your radar.
What are you enthusiastic about?
Well, since it's on my mind, at the moment, have to say Christmas. Particularly my Christmas playlist. This morning I was walking to work listening to 'All I Want For Christmas' and it just made me feel so bloody good about everything, so there's that. I also love cats, parties, burgers and, if we're getting serious (and a little cheesy), learning as much as I can about the world and the people in it.
Why do you keep doing what you're doing?
At school, I wasn't ever the smartest person and I had a few teachers who really made me feel as though I wouldn't amount to much. It was shitty, but I think that the memory of that experience is part of what drives me. It's exciting to suddenly be doing things that I'd never dreamed were possible, and I kind of want to show people that you don't have to necessarily get perfect A Levels to achieve your goals. Plus, my job is so exciting! I get to meet and work with so many amazing people, do crazy things in the name of journalism and basically just write about what's on my mind. Why would I stop what I'm doing?
What's the impact you want to make?
Other than hopefully making younger people realise that their grades in school are not the be all and end all, I guess the main thing I'd like to do is just offer a slightly different perspective with my writing. For a long time, the industry has hired the same kind of people, but now we're seeing so many new voices emerging from different backgrounds and that's really exciting. After I wrote a piece about my hair, so many black women messaged me about how nice it was to see that kind of story being covered in a mainstream woman's magazine. It was lovely, but it also seemed crazy to me - why should features like that be such a rarity? It was a moment that really drove home how important diversity is behind the scenes.
Best advice you've ever been given?
Take risks. That was from my dad. Every single decision I've made since university has felt like a massive gamble, but I think it's paying off. You don't know if you don't try and, thirty years from now, I don't want to be lying awake at night thinking, "what if?"
Who's your Enthusiastic hero?
Okay, so I go on about this all the time and I don't want to seem boring or basic, but I have to say Ariana Grande. I mean, come on. She's had the toughest time over the past few years and she is still releasing bops left, right and centre. I'm the kind of person that encounters a hurdle and reacts by having a full-on mental breakdown, so her resilience is really inspiring to me. Plus, Christmas & Chill is an underrated seasonal classic.
If money were no object, what would you be doing?
Buying all of my friends and family the best Christmas presents ever... from a laptop, poolside, in Bali. My family in Ghana would get a big chunk, it would be amazing to send some to the village where my dad grew up. I'd also be doing some sort of clever money trick to ensure that no one ever has to do an unpaid internship ever again, we've gotta our my best to level playing field in creative industries, you know?