Billie Eilish is the first to admit she has a strained relationship with her body and its public perception, but she also finds it bizarre that anyone even cares.
In an interview with The Guardian to promote her sophomore album, Happier Than Ever, the pop star confessed that social media can have a hugely negative impact on how she views herself. “I see people online, looking like I’ve never looked. And immediately I am like, ‘Oh my God, how do they look like that?,’” she said. “I know the ins and outs of this industry, and what people actually use in photos, and I actually know what looks real can be fake. Yet I still see it and go, ‘Oh God.’ That makes me feel really bad.” She added, “And I mean, I’m very confident in who I am, and I’m very happy with my life…I’m obviously not happy with my body, but who is?”
She went on to explain, “Since I was a kid, my dad and I have always talked about a certain type of person who’s so insecure, or hyperaware and self-conscious, that they never move in a weird way, or make a weird face, because they always want to look good. I’ve noticed that, and it makes me so sad. If you’re always standing a certain way, walking in a certain way, and always have your hair just so…It’s such a loss to always try to always look good. It’s such a loss of joy and freedom in your body.”
Eilish has attempted to deal with her body image by wearing baggier clothes that allow her to move comfortably on stage, but those outfits also come with their own set of difficulties when it comes to self-perception. She explains, “When I’m on stage, I have to disassociate from the ideas I have of my body. Especially because I wear clothes that are bigger and easier to move in without showing everything—they can be really unflattering. In pictures, they look like, I don’t even know what. I just completely separate the two.”
The Grammy winner added that while she is understandably preoccupied by her appearance, she finds it very strange that anyone else would care at all. “We only need bodies to eat and walk around and poop. We only need them to survive. It’s ridiculous that anybody even cares about bodies at all. Like, why? Why do we care? You know, when you really think about it?,” she said. “Why do we care about hair? Why does everybody hate body hair so much, but we literally have an enormous thing of hair on our heads, and that’s, like, cool and pretty. Like, what’s the difference? I mean, I love hair, and I do crazy things with my hair. I’m as guilty as everybody else. But it’s so weird. If you think about it hard, you go crazy.”
Vegan musician Billie Eilish and her vegan mother, Maggie Baird, recently appeared on plant-based cooking show New Day New Chef (NDNC) on Amazon Prime Video. The show’s special season focuses on the work of vegan nonprofit initiative Support + Feed, which was created by Baird to support local vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia while supplying food to children’s charities, homeless and domestic shelters, and family and senior centers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of the eight-episode series, host Jane Velez-Mitchell and Baird welcome chefs in California who are supplying food to the needy during the pandemic, including Mollie Engelhart of Sage Bistro, Ron Russell of SunCafe, Tara Punzone of Pura Vita, and Angela Means-Kaaya of Jackfruit Café. The show also includes appearances by Eilish and her musician brother Finneas.
New Day New Chef debuted on Amazon Prime Video in the United States and United Kingdom earlier this year with an aim to dispel the false notion that removing meat and dairy from one’s diet is a sacrifice.
“We are so grateful that NDNC not only wanted to feature the incredible chefs and restaurants in Support + Feed but also to let us share our mission—feeding nourishing plant-based meals to people in need, to spread awareness, and to ultimately help the planet,” Baird told VegNews.
BILLIE EILISH has dominated charts since her debut album arrived on store shelves and streaming services – but now the star has hit out at being put within specific labels over the years.
And while the young star has garnered numerous fans over the course of her career, her music brand has never truly be defined.
Over the course of her time in the spotlight people have dubbed her music genre anything from pop to alt-pop and pop-rock, ad nauseam.
In an interview with GQ earlier this year the star spoke about her genre, and how she wishes the status quo were different for artists of her caliber.
She first told the publication: “I hate when people say: ‘Oh, you look like ‘blank’. You sound like ‘blank”.”
She then went on to reference an announcement Tyler the Creator gave after winning a Grammy for Best Rap Album.
He told press: “I’m very grateful that what I made could just be acknowledged in a world like this.
“But, also, it sucks that whenever we – and I mean guys that look like me – do anything that’s genre-bending, they always put it in a ‘rap’ or ‘urban’ category.
“I don’t like that ‘urban’ word – it’s just a politically correct way to say the n-word, to me. Why can’t we just be in pop?”
Noting this comment, Eilish went on: “It was such a cool thing Tyler said. I agree with him about that term.
“Don’t judge an artist off the way someone looks or the way someone dresses. Wasn’t Lizzo in the Best R&B category that night? I mean, she’s more pop than I am.”
Getting candid on the subject, she added: “Look, if I wasn’t white I would probably be in ‘rap’.
“Why? They just judge from what you look like and what they know. I think that is weird. The world wants to put you into a box.
“I’ve had it my whole career. Just because I am a white teenage female I am pop. Where am I pop? What part of my music sounds like pop?”
While it is true her music doesn’t exactly scream “pop-music” she is always certainly going to be a tough artist to place.
Earlier in the interview she also touched upon her dress-sense, and how she has been a target for body-shaming.
She told the publication: “Sometimes I dress like a boy. Sometimes I dress like a swaggy girl.
“And sometimes I feel trapped by this persona that I have created, because sometimes I think people view me not as a woman.”
Going on to reference a video she produced for her tour, she said: “That tour video was about all that.
“It is me saying: Look, there is a body underneath these clothes and you don’t get to see it. Isn’t that a shame?
“But my body is mine and yours is yours. Our own bodies are kind of the only real things which are truly ours. I get to see it and get to show it when I want to.”
Bille Eilish album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal.