Reality and appearances The Betty Boop Collection is all about confronting reality and appearances. It opposes the classical approach, which renders the original beauty of the female body, and the modern angle that markets an “airbrushed” version as the ultimate object of desire. Retouched, reconfigured, the body’s natural beauty has become almost alien to our eyes. It is urgent to reacquaint ourselves with the body as it is, with its flaws, imperfections, shapes… All that makes it truly beautiful. “Betty Boop” is consistent with my work. With a nod to this doll-like cartoon character--a feminine icon, but removed from reality, I wished to lift the veil of appearances to shine a light on the reality of femininity.