For most of her career, Grammy-winning singer Billie Eilish’s look was made up of baggy and oversized clothes with figure concealing outfits being a staple of the singer’s wardrobe. But not anymore, for her new era, Billie Eilish has done a complete 180. She replaced her signature black and near green bleached hair with a soft platinum blonde. Her signature oversized tops and baggy bottoms have been replaced with tightly fitted bodysuits. She has shed her edgy teen image to embrace a more retro blonde bombshell look. This surprising reveal has shocked everyone and even her fans are excited about this.
Who is Billie Eilish?
Billie Eilish born Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell is a Grammy award-winning American singer-songwriter. She gained notoriety with her song ‘Ocean Eyes’ which she uploaded to SoundCloud. Her brother, Finneas O’Connell wrote and produced ‘Ocean Eyes’. The duo frequently collaborates on various projects. In 2017 Eilish released her debut EP titled ‘Don’t Smile at Me’. The EP went on to become a sleeper hit reaching the top 15 in the US. Her debut album titled, ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ topped the Billboard 200 and eventually became one of the best-selling albums of 2019. The single ‘Bad Guy’ became her first number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100. She has also been chosen to do the Bond theme song for ‘No Time To Die’ and is the youngest person ever to do the theme for a Bond movie.
Eilish has won seven Grammy Awards, one Brit Award, two American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, and even two Guinness World Records. She is the youngest in history to win the four main Grammy categories in the same year and is the second person to do so.
Billie Eilish is known for her alternative style with her music being described as experimental dark pop with hints of Goth and Emo. Most of her songs deal with very dark subject matters like body issues, depression and more. Her music videos also reflect this in their dark and grim nature. Even her fashion is based on it. She has previously mentioned that she covers up her body as she’s uncomfortable with remarks about it. In 2020, Eilish premiered a short film entitled Not My Responsibility which addresses her experiences of body shaming and the vicious trolling she received from the media.
Billie Eilish’s New Look for British Vogue
Billie Eilish stars in the June 2021 issue of British Vogue. Photographed by Craig McDean she’s practically unrecognizable. Instead of her usually loose fitted clothes, she’s wearing catsuits and corsets. The photoshoot has pieces from legendary designers. From custom Alexander McQueen corsets to Mugler bodysuits to Valentino pieces to Gucci clothes to iconic Burberry trenches, they really brought the best here. Even the accessories were high fashion with most of the stuff being from Atsuko Kudo. Her look was reminiscing of old Hollywood Bombshells. She looked like a pin-up girl. The singer has previously starred on both Vogue US and Vogue Australia covers. The whole shoot was a departure from her earlier style. She looks much older than she is. It’s very sensual and mature. She dressed mostly in lingerie, corsets and latex.
The idea of the shoot is based on exploring ideas of western feminine beauty from the 1950s and ’60s. Billie Eilish also gave a companion interview with the cover and explained her reasoning behind the shoot. As mentioned above, Eilish has always struggled with body issues. She started hiding her body because she became uncomfortable with the attention she received and thus wanted to hide herself to stop this abuse. This shoot served as a way for her to reclaim herself. She has finally become confident in her own body and is talking about women empowerment. Criticisms always flow for female singers based on their clothing. Thus, called using disrespectful words.
Eilish wants to take a stand against this. She wants women to be comfortable in their own skin and be free to show off the skin if they want. Billie Eilish continues to be a huge advocate of body positivity.
Reactions to Her New Vogue Cover
Her Vogue cover took the internet by storm and it was trending everywhere. Everyone was talking about it. Her fans were over the moon and were very happy with the cover. Support poured in from everywhere with many celebrities like Kat Dennings, Kim Hill and more coming to defend her against the trolls. Obsession for her new bold look grew to a greater extent on Twitter. Compliments came from all across the place for her photoshoot. People were excited to see her head in this bold new direction and we’re excited for her new aesthetic. They were quick to notice the amazing designer pieces and until now Eilish mostly wore Burberry, so fashion twitter was excited to see her branch out.
On the flip side, many were uncomfortable with her brazen new look and felt she looked unhappy doing the shoot. Others said that it felt too sexualized. And quite a few suspected that she was forced to do this, but the interview shot down all these rumours. This cover sparked the conversation of how women are sexualized the minute they turn 18 and even ignited the topic of how predatory the music industry actually is. Often women of the industry dress up more provocatively, to appear serious and mature. Most young pop stars take an edgy and racier look the moment they turn 18. While it’s good as long as it’s their personal choice, most are pushed by their label to sell a new image. We saw this happens to the likes of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez.
The music industry treats women as a commodity, thus they constantly have to reinvent themselves just to sell their records.
When is her next album coming out?
The Vogue cover was meant to generate buzz for her new album titled ‘Happier Than Ever’ and in an interview with Vanity Fair, she claimed she had been working on 16 new songs. Eilish released the first single ‘Your Power’ on 29th April. The song was accompanied by a self-directed video.
The album will be released in various formats, including collectable vinyl, cassette colours and also in regular streaming. The release date of the album has not yet announced but judging by the release of the first single and her new Vogue cover, it might be very soon.
Billie Eilish is one of the most talented performers of this generation. Most of her singles being certified chart-toppers. She has brought it a very distinct style of music and in such a short time, she has managed to establish herself as a juggernaut of the industry. Eilish has inspired a new generation of masses and is already in leagues with legends. She has broken several records and will continue to do so in the coming future.
Her new era is shaping up to be very interesting and different and going by the aesthetics, it seems her new album might lean towards a more glamour and colourful vibe. We cannot wait to see what she does next and are very excited to see what the future holds for her.