Hi Betty! How did you get into fashion?
I started as a model when I was 15 after getting scouted at a mall – as have many other lost souls. Although I never left the industry, I had to prioritize my education and I went off to get a double master degree in International Business Management & in Economics and Business Administration. As you do. I then realized that I was longing to express myself creatively and leave a legacy. I got together with my talented friend Torunn Lovise Gullaksen and we founded our own luxury eyewear brand, MØY Atelier and the rest is history.
Who is your ultimate style icon?
DAVID BOWIE! The one and only. He has earned the right to be my ultimate fashion icon due to his constant self-invention – a symbol of individuality and self- expression and being at the forefront of the gender bending movement. When we first launched MØY we were inspired by Bowie, we wanted to create a unisex brand that dared to have a feminine expression, but open for all genders, age and ethnicities to part-take. I dress like everyday is my last day on earth – I throw all my favorite things together. More is more. And I never say no to a good leopard print.
Where do you love to shop the most for one-off gems?
La Caverne à Fripes [vintage store] in Paris – nothing quite beats treasure hunting in Paris.!
How do you feel about the direction that the fashion and beauty industry is going in terms of diversity and representation? Is it becoming a more inclusive space?
Fashion is slowly embracing diversity, although we have a long way to go. I believe this is due to a number of factors, such as a larger awareness to the issue more people are buzzing about it and given a platform to speak up. It’s definitely helping that people in powerful positions such as Edward Enninful or Rihanna are actively pushing for more diversity and inclusiveness. I mean uniformity isn’t very exciting is it? The world that we live in is full of different colours and nuances filled with people of different sizes, genders, ages and cultures, we live in such an exciting world and I for one am bored of not seeing that reflected on a runway or editorial.