Billie Eilish isn’t here for age or gender restrictions on clothing.
Speaking to DJ Zane Lowe before her and Finneas’s performance at the inaugural Apple Music Awards on December 4, the “Bad Guy” singer opened up about her frustrations with traditionally gendered fashion, admitting she used to wear “boys’” clothes growing up to find pieces that suited her liking.
“I grew up always getting boys’ shoes and boys’ clothes,” Billie told the audience at Apple Park’s Steve Jobs Theater. “I [asked,] ‘Do you have these in a women’s size?’ and the answer would always be no.”
This, Billie revealed, was one of the driving forces for launching her very own kids’ clothing line, which she unveiled on Instagram back in November. “It’s the same thing [for kids] when you see a shirt for a grown-up,” she continued. “I talked to a lot of people I know that have kids and they are always talking about how there are no cool kids’ clothes.”
“I don’t want anything to be limited,” the singer pointed out about her apparel offering. “I didn’t want anyone to feel like they couldn’t get the clothes that they wanted.” And clearly people feel the same way. Billie’s kids’ clothing line was a hit, with the neon green “Billie” hoodie selling out mere hours after its launch (it’s currently being restocked and has a six-week preorder waiting time).
This isn’t the first time Billie has spoken about the limitations of gendered clothing. During her episode of Complex’s Sneaker Shopping earlier this year, the singer admitted she favors “big” and bulky shoes, meaning she’s often forced to gravitate toward men’s shoes due to the limited women’s sizing. “I just like the idea of being able to go into a store and being able to say, ‘Do you have this in my size?’ and it’s a yes. I don’t want to hear no,” Billie admitted back then. Same, Billie, same.
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