Billie Eilish graces the cover of Vogue Australia. In another career milestone for the 17-year-old, Billie Eilish has appeared on the front cover of the Australian edition of Vogue magazine, where she opened up about the importance of fashion in her life and the struggles she’s faced in the music industry so far.
Known for wearing baggy clothes and trainers when she performs, Eilish admits that her fashion choices have a huge impact on how she feels throughout the day, saying: “”Oh my god, dude. That’s the first thing that matters in every day of my life. Everywhere I go, everything I do. Everything.
“It’s the first thing that I think about that I barely even think about it. It’s my whole identity. My whole personality is based off my clothes and what I’m wearing that day. I’ll have a different personality for a different outfit sometimes. If I’m wearing something I don’t feel comfortable in I will turn into a totally different persona that I hate.”
Part of Billie’s appeal is that she isn’t a cookie-cutter pop star, with her music a mix of different genres.
Just don’t call her the ‘new face of pop’.
“It’s annoying’, she explains.
“As grateful as I am for the appreciation and the love, honestly, I’ve become numb to it. I remember the first couple of times people called me the face of pop or pop’s new It girl or whatever the fuck … it kind of irked me. The weird thing about humans is we [think we] have to label everything, but we don’t.”
As her star keeps rising, Billie wants to use her platform to raise awareness on important social issues.
“I really don’t want to waste my platform. I’m trying not to but I think all of us in the spotlight – or whatever you want to call it – can be more vocal about climate change and things that need to be talked about. I still think I can do more. There are so many things being determined by people who are going to die soon anyway because they’re old as fuck. It makes me so angry.”
She continues: “There are so many things I wish I could snap my fingers and make better. There is so much that needs help and [there are] people who pretend they care and don’t and [then] people who could do something, but don’t. I’m here and I can actually try. I suddenly have a platform and a spotlight that I can maybe, maybe, maybe make a difference to something.”
Speaking about her struggles in the music industry, she said: “Everyone is ready to tell you what to do. Everyone is ready to be, like: ‘You’re my creation.’ It’s weird that the hard thing to do is do what you want to, because everyone wants to make a product.”
However, she is convincing the industry she knows what she’s doing.
“It took a lot of time to gain people’s trust in the fact I know what I’m going to do, what I’m good at and what I want.”
Billie Eilish graces the cover of Vogue Australia