Betsy-Blue English isn’t your average 19 year old. A former X-Factor finalist, Betsy now has a blossoming career as a fashion and beauty blogger, a model, a singer and soon, a clothing designer. Her increasingly popular blog, ‘It’s Thursday Tho?‘ is a combination of her love for fashion and music, with the occasional feature on interesting people she meets. We spent an afternoon with Betsy to find out more about what it’s like leading such a busy life.
What’s your ideal Friday night out?
A greasy meal out with friends; I’m a foodie, especially for burgers! After that, a drink over at the Chiltern Firehouse bar. Remember the sweets parma violets? They do this parma violets flavour beverage that is out of this world! All about food on a Friday.
If you could wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Considering I live in a pretty miserable country weather wise, it would be a pair of leather skinny trousers, a plain tee/jumper, my Saint Laurent bandana, my silver Gucci booties and my staple studded leather jacket.
What’s the most precious/sentimental thing in your wardrobe?
My grey Chanel Boy Bag. I saved up for 3 years to buy it! Worth every penny.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
To read the book ‘The Secret’! It teaches you that you can create your own destiny by visualising where you want to be in life and scenarios that you want to happen. This positive mindset will get you what you want.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Hairspray the musical soundtrack. It plays in my car everyday without fail…when I’m alone obviously…
If you could be successful in another profession, what would it be?
At present, I’m juggling a fashion and beauty blogging career, a music career, an acting career, a modelling career and an upcoming fashion designing career. If I could add one more to the list, I’d love to be a magazine editor. Always fancied being a bit of a Carrie Bradshaw.
Tell us the most surprising thing that people may not know about you:
I play the saxophone in my free time! I want to bring it to the stage soon, but I’m a perfectionist so it might take a while..!
What’s the biggest misconception about the fashion industry?
That everything deemed ‘fashionable’ by those in the fashion industry will cost you crazy money. Brand names do not matter. I’ve turned up to fashion shows and premieres in dresses that have cost me £20 from stores like Beyond Retro, that I’ve altered myself to look like it’s been fitted especially for me. No one knows and no one actually cares!
What’s the most stressful thing about your job?
Taking pictures for the blog! Everyone assumes I have some sort of photographer that just follows me around all week taking outfit photos whilst I’m doing my thing. Truth is, it’s actually my mum and it’s a nightmare trying to fit in when she’s around to take the photos! It honestly takes all day. Once you’ve gotten ready, found the right location, the right light, got the good shots, edited the shots, uploaded them (which takes years btw), the day has gone haha!
What’s your staple item for this upcoming season?
A huge, long, FAUX fur scarf in a shocking colour. I want a red one or baby blue. Decisions, decisions…
Do you have any style icons and/or inspirations?
I’ve always looked up to icons such as Edie Sedgwick and Brigitte Bardot. I love that 60’s vibe more than anything.
We saw on your blog ‘It’s Thursday Tho‘ that you’ve always been a bit of a fashionista – did The X-Factor have any influence on your style, or were you allowed quite a bit of freedom with it?
I got on so well with my stylists on X-Factor that they did listen to me. It was never the case that they picked something for me and I had to wear it. There were always options and I’d always have my pick. To be honest, when I was out shopping, I would send pictures to my stylists of what I liked weeks ahead of our performances haha. However, It was hard because I was in a band, I had to coordinate with the others, so I didn’t have quite the free reign. My style would have been completely different if I was on there as a soloist. But, I did used to be the first one in wardrobe every Friday morning out of every contestant picking my outfit. No one cared as much as me haha!
Since the split of the band, how has your life changed?
My life is so much easier. It got to the point where I was so busy with the blog, but I was doing the band thing at the same time, and because the band had a ‘certain image’, it was so hard to express myself. I had so many clothes sitting in my wardrobe that I was DYING to wear. That’s part of the reason why I actually started my blog; it was to show people the other side of me and show my true creative side that I was never allowed to express.
Growing up, was it always singing that you wanted to do? Your YouTube has covers from years ago on it!
Haha! So embarrassing! But yes, I’ve always wanted to sing. And I’ve always wanted to be in fashion. And I’ve always wanted to act! I have so many passions and I definitely take on far more than I can cope with. I CANNOT relax!
What were you most proud of achieving in 2015?
The success of my blog. 2015 was the year that my blog really blew up and I was able to launch an app due to the success. It was also because of the blog that I got signed to Next Model Management as a model and brand. They look after incredible people such as Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora, so it was an honour to be asked to be represented by them.
And leading on from this, what are your aims and goals for 2016?
My aim is to start releasing some clothing this year. Obviously I have a lot of exciting stuff going on with my music, but I can’t say too much yet!