Television personality, philanthropist, wife and mother Kristen Scott is no stranger to multi-tasking. After three seasons on the hit VH1 reality series “Basketball Wives,” Kristen is now adding Author to her resume with the launch of her first book Broccoli Hair which launched in March of 2022. Inspired by her older daughter, Broccoli Hair follows the story of a little girl and her sense of self-love by wearing her crown of hair with pride and affirming her self-worth.
Kristen was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated with honors from Louisiana State University and excelled in her career as a pharmaceutical representative with Eli Lilly Co. before marrying her husband, Thomas Scott, a former NBA coach. Kristen has had a passion to give back since she was a child. Growing up in New Orleans, her father taught her the importance of community and charity by taking her to feed the homeless every Sunday after attending church. Today, Kristen has partnered with Kingsley House in New Orleans to provide costumes to over 70 kids for Halloween each year. She also leads a team annually for the Sister Strut Walk supporting her mother who is a breast cancer survivor. During the pandemic, she raised money for 2nd Harvest Charity in New Orleans by using her fanbase to promote small businesses on her social media.
How much fun is it being on the hit VH1 reality series, “Basketball Wives?”
Basketball Wives was a lot of fun. It had its ups and downs, but I had a good time filming. Obviously, the world saw me cry more times than I planned on, but I was so blessed to have that opportunity and it really is helping me get to the places that I want to be in life.
What have you learned about reality TV? Any surprises?
I watched reality television before being on a show, however the amount of editing that happens is eye-opening. It’s obviously very necessary otherwise shows would be years long, but wow it happens in abundance.
I think the thing that most surprised me about being on reality TV is that there are some people that will literally do whatever it takes to not only make the show good, but think that they are securing their spot as well.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I actually have some past television experience in the vault. I was on ComicView as one of their models (I’m definitely telling my age lol!). I was on MTV as the Queen of Mardi Gras when I was in high school. And I did two films, I was in Dukes of Hazzard and also in Déjà Vu, I was supposed to play Paula Patton‘s friend but my scene got cut, lol.
You launched a new book, Broccoli Hair. Tell us more.
One of my pride and joys. I was completely inspired by Kenzi, my five-year-old, who really exhibits an extreme amount of confidence at such a young age, especially when it came down to what she saw when she looked in the mirror. During the pandemic, we all had a lot more time on our hands, more than we ever thought we would’ve had and for me to sit down and actually write my second book that was inspired by my daughter that would hopefully help people and their kids around the world is just an amazing feeling. The entire point of Broccoli Hair is to help our kids love what they see at all times. The interesting part is that a lot of the feedback I’m getting is from the parents who are saying this book is helping them as well.
What did you learn about your relationship with your daughter during writing your book?
I learned that even though she’s five, she is wise beyond her years. She’s got this personality that’s completely out of this world and confidence for days — not just about what she sees when she looks in the mirror but what she’s capable of as a little girl.
What is your mantra?
If you want to make God laugh, tell him what you have planned!
You have always had a passion for giving back since you were a child. What charities are dear to your heart?
My passion for homelessness was instilled in me as a child, but when my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 I became a part of Sista Strut in New Orleans. Sista Strut brings together all these beautiful women that have had cancer, know someone who had cancer, etc. It’s a beautiful event to see all these women supporting each other.
Share your upcoming projects for 2022.
I’m very Broccoli Hair focused at the moment. Hoping to go on a book tour to promote it. I’m also doing some print projects with my kids, so look for us on some of your baby products. I’m also trying to tap into doing commercials as well as breaking into the hosting/podcast space.
Follow Kristen Scott:
Facebook: @Kristen Scott