One of the most well-known and popular characters in the world, Betty Boop is among Step Up’s newest Luminary Circle members and ambassadors for the ’1000 Luminaries + 1000 Teens by 2013′ campaign. Betty was created by Max Fleischer of Fleischer Studios (Susan Horan Fleischer is also a new Luminary!) and originally appeared in the Talkartoon and Betty Boop film series. She has also been featured in comic strips and appears on all kinds of merchandise.
Step Up: You were an early advocate for women. What made you want to speak out on the issues, and how are you still involved today?
Betty Boop: Women have so much power and strength. It’s important that we as women realize our unlimited potential and know we can accomplish anything we set our hearts and minds on. I stressed these ideals years ago in my cartoons and comic strips – and I still do on my website, in my appearances, and in my lines of accessories, jewelry, and clothing for women and girls. I’m proud to be seen as a symbol for female integrity, confidence, inner beauty, and success.
SUWN: What are you up to this spring?
BB: I have several new products launching in apparel, accessories, housewares, and a few other areas. They’re all super cute! There’s a Broadway show in the works, so working on that will be keeping me busy. I’m also looking forward to being involved with Step Up as a Luminary Circle Member!
SUWN: If you were not ‘Betty Boop,’ what career would you envision for yourself?
BB: I could see myself doing a lot of different things. I really do love animals and enjoy being around them all the time! I especially adore my dog, Pudgy. So, I might have been a veterinarian!
SUWN: Describe yourself in three words.
BB: Fun, feminine, and ambitious!
SUWN: If a Step Up teen wanted to follow in your footsteps, what advice would you give her?
BB: I would say believe in yourself and know that you are a gifted, talented shining star! Also, follow your heart and listen to your inner voice. I believe a big part of my success has been that I always stay true to who I am and follow my intuition. Finally, have fun! Don’t be afraid to sing, dance, and show off your Boop-oop-a-doop!
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