The 19-year-old singer is ditching her tomboyish style, taking a 180-degree turn from the baggy wardrobe we’re all used to seeing her in.
American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish shared Monday on Instagram her stunning British Vogue cover, and it’s dropping everyones’ jaws.
The 19-year-old singer has undergone a classic pin-up makeover for the fashion magazine—at her own request. Eilish, who until recently had jet-black hair with neon green roots, is seen wearing her newly lightened locks in loose, vintage-inspired waves, modelling designer lingerie and corsets in a huge departure from her typically tomboyish style.
Speaking to British Vogue in an interview published Sunday, Eilish opened up about facing a deluge of comments on her looks as an underage teenager and why she has now decided to ditch her signature baggy clothes.
“It made me really offended when people were like, ‘Good for her for feeling comfortable in her bigger skin,’” Eilish said. “Good for me? … The more the internet and the world care about somebody that’s doing something they’re not used to, they put it on such a high pedestal that then it’s even worse.”
Eilish was previously known for sporting clothes that hid her form, a fashion choice she said was intended to prevent others from body-shaming her.
“I never want the world to know everything about me,” she said in a 2019 Calvin Klein ad. “I mean, that’s why I wear big, baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath, you know? Nobody can be like, ‘Oh, she’s slim-thick, she’s not slim-thick, she’s got a flat (butt), she’s got a fat (butt).’ No one can say any of that because they don’t know.”
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Her new image is tied to her upcoming album Happier Than Ever.
Nevertheless, Eilish made it clear to British Vogue there is “no excuse” for men who believe women’s clothing makes it OK to “grab” them, or those who find it ironic that Eilish is speaking out about insecurities while simultaneously baring more skin.
“Suddenly you’re a hypocrite if you want to show your skin, and you’re easy and you’re a slut and you’re a whore. If I am, then I’m proud,” she said. “Let’s turn it around and be empowered in that. Showing your body and showing your skin – or not – should not take any respect away from you.”
To those who might criticize her decision to fight body image by wearing a corset, Eilish didn’t hold back in her response: “My thing is that I can do whatever I want.”
She added: “It’s all about what makes you feel good. If you want to get surgery, go get surgery. If you want to wear a dress that somebody thinks that you look too big wearing … if you feel like you look good, you look good. It’s about taking that power back, showing it off and not taking advantage with it. I’m not letting myself be owned anymore.”
Six years after launching her career at age 13, Eilish is aware that she’s changed in the spotlight. What would her younger self think?
“That’s a good thing to think about in some cases, but I also think you shouldn’t try to be a person that your old self would like, and you shouldn’t try to be a person that your future self is going to be,” she said. “You should be exactly who you feel like you are and want to be in that moment. Otherwise, you’re going to go insane.”
—(Source: USA Today)
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