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Max’s Mention: CBS News

Max’s Mention: CBS News

Betsey Johnson, fashion’s free spirit

The name BETSEY JOHNSON has always promised fashions that are anything but ordinary. Not surprising, considering that the real-life Betsey Johnson is a bit out of the ordinary, too.

She might not have “studied” fashion, but she was drawn to it. At 21, she won a contest to become guest editor for Mademoiselle Magazine in New York City, following the likes of Sylvia Plath and Candace Bergen.

“They picked 20 girls out of America, either 10 art talented, design talented, 10 literary. I obviously got into the art side. So I won that. I got to New York. Bla-bla-bla-bla-bla-bla. And after that, I just loved fashion.”

And she fell in love with New York City, where she was creating looks for models like Twiggy by day, and hanging out with the in-crowd at legendary nightclub Max’s Kansas City at night. Within 10 years, she had her own label.

Read more about Betsey’s incredible life and career HERE