Can you believe that it’s been a whole year since Billie Eilish last sat down with Vanity Fair to talk about her year?
Well, the year mark has most certainly come around fast, and the young star has had a lot to discuss with the magazine this year.
Keep scrolling to see just how much Billie has changed in the space of a year…
At just nineteen, Billie Eilish has taken the music industry by storm.
She’s been writing and creating her own music since she was incredibly young, and has risen to fame with the huge hit album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? that was released in March, 2019.
She’s known for being somewhat of a quirky character…
Billie was home-schooled, so she didn’t get the chance to interact with others of her own age apart from her siblings until she started to make waves in the music scene, which has given her something of a unique outlook on the world.
Many are pretty shocked that such a young person could create such hauntingly catchy tunes – and such suggestive lyrics.
Her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? ranked at number 1 on the charts.
Most artists have to release a couple of albums and dedicate their lives to promoting their work before they are even recognized as an artist, but then there’s a lucky few, like Billie, who reach superstardom on their first attempt.
When the album was released, she wrote, “This album [means] the world to me please take care of it.”
Her introductory EP, Don’t Smile at Me, went all the way to slot fourteen, and has already been awarded gold, an achievement that many artists can only dream of receiving.
But, it’s safe to say, Billie is as famous for her image as she is for her music…
She doesn’t dress like your typical nineteen-year-old, that’s for sure.
She is known for rocking some pretty brave looks…
Like this full white suit complete with Powerpuff Girl embroidery, which she pairs with some signature tiny sunglasses.
Weird – but it kind of works?
We have to say, love it or hate it, you can’t deny Billie’s commitment to her unique style – and that’s not something many of us are brave enough to pull off.
And Billie doesn’t just experiment with fashion…
The star is no stranger to getting creative with her hair – opting for more out there looks and colors to fit her quirky aesthetic.
If anything, it was this look that became her trademark around 2017.
And we can’t forget about this eye-catching look either, can we?
Neon green roots? Very brave.
But it turns out there was a reason behind Billie’s quirky look…
Her choices in fashion – which strongly consist of baggy, oversized clothes – are picked to protect herself from her global audience body-shaming her and judging her on her natural appearance.
“That’s why I wear baggy clothes,” she said.
“Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath. Nobody can be like, ‘she’s slim-thick,’ ‘she’s not slim-thick,’ ‘she’s got a flat a**,’ ‘she’s got a fat a**.’ No one can say any of that because they don’t know.”
And we honestly don’t blame Billie for having had this attitude.
But sadly, people have already attempted to exploit and body-shame the teenager.
Even when she was as young as fifteen, online trolls were trying to sexualize her for no apparent reason.
And it is a harsh reality that young women in the spotlight are always targeted by older people.
But, when discussing the topic, Billie has said in the past that she didn’t want to remain covered up forever.
“I’m going to be a woman. I want to show my body,” Eilish told Elle in an interview last year. “What if I want to make a video where I want to look desirable?”
She said that, upon turning eighteen, she wanted the option to sometimes reveal her body.
But she already understood the repercussions a move like that could bring.
“I know it would be a huge thing,” she said in the interview, adding, “I know people will say, ‘I’ve lost all respect for her.'”
And that’s pretty much exactly what happened.
As soon as the singer started getting more experimental with her fashion choices, it seems as though she had to face the harsh reality of being judged by critics as well as her fans.
And there was one picture in particular that gained her a lot of attention for how risque it was.
Billie posted a picture to her Instagram account a few weeks ago showing herself wearing a Miaou tomato-print corset with a lace bra peeking out from the top and apparently the internet just couldn’t handle her “big b**bs.”
According to Molly Lambert via Elle, comments slamming the “everything i wanted” singer poured in, with some even calling her “disingenuous.”
“People hold on to these memories and have an attachment. But it’s very dehumanizing.”
“I lost 100,000 followers, just because of the b**bs. People are scared of big b**bs,” Billie concluded.
Lambert also added that the nineteen-year-old’s experiences are far from “unique” because these toxic double standards have been going on for so long within the industry.
“Billie started off in a non-sexualized category, not pandering to the masses and not using her sexuality in any way, which is her choice and God bless her for that—after all, she’s been a teenager all this time. [But] if she wants to turn around and take photographs where she is portrayed as a feminine woman, showing her body in a way that she hasn’t in the past, then why should she be punished for it?”
“If Billie were a man, no one would be writing about this,” Lambert added.
And it’s true. Everyone would praise him for “re-inventing himself” as they have done on multiple occasions, but when it’s a woman who is exploring her own identity and femininity as she grows, society sl**-shames her into her clothes only to tell her to take them off again.
Make it make sense, please.
Thankfully, a lot of Billie’s fans offered their support during this difficult period.
So, it’s safe to say Billie has had her fair share of crazy since making it in the music world.
Although the hate used to scare her, it doesn’t anymore.
And now, the moment we have all been waiting for…
Billie sat down with Vanity Fair to talk about the year she’s had so far, and the changes she’s made to her life.
And we’ve got to say, her growth is so empowering.
And it’s not just us who think her interview this year was the best one yet.
“Year 5, let’s do this,” Billie says kicking off the interview.
It’s an annual tradition now for Vanity Fair to show not only us the change in Billie Eilish, but to show Billie how much she’s changed herself, too.
One thing that’s absolutely astounding, is that Billie now has 94.1 million followers on Instagram compared to the 257,000 followers she had in her very first interview.
But, that’s not the only thing that’s changed…
When looking back on her last interview, the video shows Billie saying that going in public was “a complete disaster,” and she, therefore, tried avoiding going out as much as possible.
But, this year, Billie said: “Gosh, that girl was going through an identity crisis. Oh my gosh. You can see it in my eyes, I mean really.
“My attitude used to be well I can’t go out, you know I can’t go here, I can’t go there, and I used to not even be able to go to a park or like go get food or get coffee. It freaked me out.”
But now, Billie has been “opened up to it” and admits she now feels confident when she steps outside. We love that for her.
There’s more, too, with Billie not only being open to stepping outside more, but being open with her style, too.
“Anything goes. ‘Any’ being one word, ‘thing’ being the second word, and then ‘goes,’ period,” she said rather confidently in the interview.
“Wear what you want. Dress how you want. Act how you want. Talk how you want. Be how you want,” she continued.
And then the young queen talked about her “new” adulthood, expressing:
“I have had new experiences, and new people and lots of love.”
Oh, and did we mention she’s no longer afraid to be vulnerable anymore?
And why should she be?! Vulnerability is not a sign of weakness, let’s remember that.
But, in a previous interview, Billie was asked if she felt pressure, and her response was simply: “I don’t feel,” to which 2021 Billie looked to the camera and said she was “lying” back then.
“I was thinking like ‘I’m overwhelmed, I hate this, everybody expects something from me, I don’t have anything to give them, I f***ing suck,” she says this year, admitting what she was actually thinking during that time period.
And, to finish of the interview, Billie expressed that she “likes growing up a lot.”
Even though she used to be scared to grow up, she now enjoys the “hell out of it” because she has her own freedom and choices.
And like every other year, she invites her mom onto the set, hugs her, and says she loves her.
If you want to watch the full interview, we’ve got you, it’s right here.
We love you, Billie.