V111 Spotlight: Betsy is the High-Fashion Artist with a Vision

V111 Spotlight: Betsy is the High-Fashion Artist with a Vision

The Discovery Issue shines a light on the most promising artists of 2018, including rising musician Betsy.

The Discovery Issue shines a light on the most promising artists of 2018, including rising musician Betsy.

Photography: Nicola Formichetti

Styling: Anna Trevelyan

This article appears in V111, on newsstands 1/11, pre-order your copy at vmagazineshop.com

In V111, the Discovery Issue, spotlights the artists, models, and figures in fashion that are destined to make an impact in 2018. Mononymous Welsh singer-songwriter Betsy grew up on a goose farm in rural Pembrokeshire before moving to London to study fashion at Central Saint Martins. Later, she headed to Paris, scoring a gig designing at Balenciaga. Her stint in fashion lasted only a year before she switched gears to pursue a career in music, releasing her self-titled debut in fall 2017. And if she has it her way, this year will only raise her to the next level.

What are your biggest hopes for the year ahead?

I would love to get out to America more. I came for a writing trip in LA and fell completely in love with the place! But I’d really love to get the chance to play to my American fans and get to some festivals this year.

What excites you about the next generation?

I feel like we are the first generation to be able to easily share our art around the world with platforms like Spotify and YouTube. There are so many ways you can get your work out there and make yourself heard. What's really exciting about the next generation is that not only can they do this, but they will be growing up collaborating with people from all over the planet. Look at Superorganism — they met their singer in Japan, some of them were in a band in Australia, and now they are living and making waves in London. It's killer.

You took a big leap of faith to pursue your musical aspirations--first leaving your small hometown, then quitting a job in fashion. What is the key to making this kind of move? In light of the new year, what would you offer as words of wisdom to someone who wants to do something similar/make a change?

Balls of steel! I think the thing for me is not to live life with regrets. I don’t want to wake up at 70 and think “Oh, I really wish I’d tried that." For me it’s better to try, and fail, than not to try at all. So harnessing the fear of regretting can be key to giving yourself that push. And try, although it is very hard, not to be afraid of failure, because, let’s face it, you probably will fail nine out of 10 times but then you’ll get back up on the horse and win.

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