Billie Eilish: “It’s all about what makes you feel good”
Billie Eilish is the stunning cover star for the June issue of British Vogue magazine.
As well as turning heads on the cover, Eilish also opens up during a brand new interview about her music, power dynamics, and her internet-breaking transformation (full interview here).
The 19-year-old megastar has admitted that she channelled a lot of "anger and "frustration" into the songs on her hotly-anticipated follow-up to her acclaimed 2019 debut record, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?.
Her latest single, "Your Power," is about an abuser taking advantage of a minor. Eilish spoke out about the pervasiveness of sexual misconduct, describing it as being "everywhere". She said that she doesn't "know one girl or woman who hasn't had a weird experience, or a really bad experience.
"And men, too - young boys are taken advantage of constantly," she said.
"It's an open letter to people who take advantage - mostly men."
Vogue interviewer Laura Snapes wrote that it also "happened to Eilish when she was younger," but added "the details are hers."
She also unveiled a new look in her photoshoot for the magazine, using it as an opportunity to clap back at those who discuss what she wears.
Eilish's previous baggy style of fashion has often been seen as refreshing when compared to other famous females who don more revealing clothing, but she told Vogue that her dress sense was more about the onlookers' issues than her own.
"Don't make me not a role model because you're turned on by me," she said, adding that her body was the initial reason for her depression when she was younger.
"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. Me and all the girls are hoes. 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."
She said it was a male problem, not a female one.
"I really think the bottom line is, men are very weak.
"I think it's just so easy for them to lose it. 'You expect a dude not to grab you if you're wearing that dress?' Seriously, you're that weak? Come on!"
Eilish also touched on how her songwriting has matured as she discussed the positives to come out of the global pandemic.
"I’ve grown so much and gotten so much better in my voice, it’s crazy to think about," she said.
Eilish releases Happier Than Ever on July 30, which she has termed her "favorite thing" that she's "ever created". The 16-track album includes previously released hits, "Therefore I Am", "my future," plus latest single, "Your Power". She told fans on Instagram recently that she is excited, nervous and eager for her fans to hear it.
Meanwhile, the Grammy-winner is set to release a photobook and audiobook about her life and career. Eilish has documented her childhood and her meteoric rise to fame as a teenager in the audiobook, which is narrated by herself, while she'll share never-before-seen photographs from when she was growing up to touring the world in the self-made book.
And of the tome, which will be released on May 11 in hardback and as an e-book, Eilish said: "I spent many hours over many months pouring through my family albums and archives, handpicking all of the photos in this book. I hope you love it as much as I do."
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