Billie Eilish has dominated the past twelve months of the music industry. And it seems her name might have been a predictor of her musical success…
She’s been writing and creating her own music since she was incredibly young, and has risen to fame with huge hit album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? that was released in March, 2019.
She’s known for being something of a quirky character…
Billie was home-schooled and she didn’t really interact with kids 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.
Her most recent single Everything I Wanted has been a huge success…
And we must say, it is an incredibly beautiful song.
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 eighteen-year-old-girl, that’s for sure.
She is known for rocking some pretty out-there 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 look – 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.
But more recently, she has been rocking something very eye-popping…
Billie has been sporting neon green roots.
Because she’s rocked the neon green for quite some time now.
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.”
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 let me get this straight.
Just because there’s a line in her song “bad guy” that reads: “bruises on both my knees for you,” it’s now acceptable to start sexualizing her? I really don’t see the correlation here.
Billie has the right to write about whatever she wants…
There’s no excuse for sexualizing a seventeen-year-old… Or any woman of any age, for that matter.
But, when discussing the topic, Billie has said in the past that she doesn’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?”
But she understands 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 we have been yet to notice any changes in her fashion sense and clothing choices.
Billie kicked off her Where Do We Go world tour in Miami last night where she premiered a powerful video about body shaming.
And showed Billie slowly taking off her clothes alongside a powerful message voiced by the singer.
And, narrating the video, Billie’s voice can be heard questioning everyone who has ever body-shamed her.
Her narration starts by saying:
“You have opinions about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body.”
“Some people hate what I wear, some people praise it, some people use it to shame others, some people use it to shame me — but I feel you watching. Always, and nothing I do goes unseen, so while I feel your stares, your disapproval or your sigh of relief, if I lived by them, I’d never be able to move.”
“Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller? Would you like me to be quiet? Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? Am I my stomach? My hips?”
As Billie’s narration continues:
“The body I was born with – is it not what you wanted? If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I’m a slut. Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it. Why?”
“We decide who they are. We decide what they’re worth. If I wear more; if I wear less, who decides what that makes me? What does that mean?”
And, as the crowd screams and applauds, the video is drawn to a close with the simple questions,
“Is my value based only on your perception? Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?”
It’s a truly powerful statement, and it’s fantastic to see Billie taking ownership and control of her own body.
So, Eilish’s full name is Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell. What a mouthful!
Obviously, she chose her first 2 names as her stage persona.
No, not pirate. Baird.
According to ancestry.com, Baird is an “occupational name from Gaelic bàrd,” meaning “poet” or “minstrel.”
Is it just a coincidence? Well, probably. But still – quite weird, right?
Fancy more from Billie? Scroll on for the frightening results of her breaking her signature nails…