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Betsey Johnson: I've never played ball

FashionBy Sunday World
Betsey Johnson: I've never played ball

Betsey Johnson can't believe the fashion industry respects her "funky crazy silly kid" self.

The American fashionista is instantly recognisable thanks to her platinum blonde locks and kooky outfits, which often feature stripes.

In May Betsey scooped the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award at the CFDAs; an achievement which the designer still can't get her head around.

"It’s a great honour. Because I never really played ball with the industry that much," she explained to "I never wined and dined and, you know, I really did my own thing. And it’s great to feel the respect from the serious industry. Respect, for such a frivolous funky crazy silly kid. But I lasted!"

Betsey's love of fashion began at a young age and she's been working in the business since the 60s. At 72 she's showing no signs of slowing down and has recently joined forces with dancewear company Capezio. Betsey's 13-piece collection features items such as a $30 leotard brief and a $125 tutu dress.

Starring in the campaigns is Maddie Ziegler, whose stint on Lifetime's Dance Moms landed her the role of Sia's muse. The 12-year-old has starred in several of the singer's music videos.

"People have such an idea of what a collaboration is. Basically after I met Maddie at Dancing With the Stars, and I was just doing Capezio before that, I said there is my girl," Betsey recalled. "It’s Maddie. And then, it’s great, the next thing I know [I get a call from Capezio] and it’s happening."

Maddie added that shooting the ads were "really fun" as she had the freedom to move rather than being still and posing.

"I hate kind of just standing, because I’m such a dancer that I kind of always have to be moving around or stretching or whatever," she reasoned.

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