GET TO KNOW... BENTHE LIEM

Slightly rebellious as she is, Benthe (@bentheliem) decided to leave the southern province of Brabant for Amsterdam. And the rest is history… This natural beauty takes you on an ongoing journey of living her dream being an influencer. But she lets us in on a little secret: it actually is hard work. We’re still convinced we want her life of travelling the world. Her ‘street classic’ style makes her the perfect fit as an IBANA-star. Find out more about Benthe below.

LIFE AS A BLOGGER
It’s fun, but a lot of hard work at the same time. People think you can quickly take a snapshot and move on with your life but there’s a serious business behind the gram! I’ve done collabs with loads of cool brands but that didn’t come from nowhere. You need to build your blog and find engagement with your followers. But let’s be real: I wouldn’t change it for the world.

BENTHE VERSUS OTHER INFLUENCERS
I think the biggest challenge amongst influencers is to remain different from all the others. I feel like my content is a distinguished thing. My life in Amsterdam, my style and the combination with my vlog make for a unique experience. I focus on fashion and beauty mainly, while I also give insights into my personal life.

WHAT'S YOUR SCHEDULE LIKE?
That’s a bit difficult to explain because it always changes. I travel abroad weekly for press events, collabs, shoots and meetings. I’m in the middle of moving homes so working on my new interior definitely takes up time!

DESCRIBE YOUR CLOTHING STYLE
I’d say ‘street classic’ – sturdy despite the use of a lot of classical items.

FASHION RULE
Accept your style and don’t let anyone other than yourself ever decide what you should wear.

''WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE IBANA COLLECTIONS IS THAT THEY’RE ACCESSIBLE BUT THEY STAND OUT AT THE SAME TIME. ESPECIALLY THEIR LEATHER JACKERS ARE DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS BECAUSE OF THE STRUCTURES AND PATCHWORK. IBANA IS VERY FEMININE, BUT IT ALSO HAS AN EDGE. I LIKE!''

INSPIRATION
Usually comes from the brands I work with or the people around me. The trips I go on allow me to induldge in different cultures – that brings me a lot of inspiration, too.

BLOGS YOU LOVE
Josefine Haaning, a-ma-zing! Her style is really clean and her feed is great, too.

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE EVER RECEIVED
Work hard, so you can party harder with your friends and family! I’m always on the road with friends and family. I also see my followers as friends because they inspire me. Pretty cool that an app allows you to meet so many great people.

FUTURE PLANS
I haven’t finalized my plans. I’ve recently moved in with my boyfriend and I’m hoping we’ll share many more adventures.

BUCKET LIST
Seeing the world with my boyfriend… And taking loads of good photos while we’re at it!

BENTHE’S FAVOURITE THINGS

BEAUTY
MAC Cosmetics

DESIGNERS
Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga is my current favourite

HOTEL
The Williamsburg Hotel in New York

RESTAURANT
Bo Nam and Pesca in Amsterdam

SHOP
Bijenkorf and H&M

APP
Instagram