Billie Eilish covers the March 2020 issue of Vogue magazine photographed by Hassan Hajjaj, Ethan James Green, Harley Weir and Nastya Kovtun and styled by fashion editor Alex Harrington.
On the public’s perception of her being a rule breaker: “This whole time I’ve been getting this one sentence, like, I’m a rule-breaker. Or I’m anti-pop, or whatever. It’s like, where, though? What rule did I break?”
On the public’s expectations: “Maybe people see me as a rule-breaker because they themselves feel like they have to follow rules, and here I am not doing it. That’s great, if I can make someone feel more free to do what they actually want to do instead of what they are expected to do. But for me, I never realized that I was expected to do anything. I guess that’s what is actually going on—that I never knew there was a thing I had to follow. Nobody told me that sh*t, so I did what I wanted.”
On her sweep at the Grammys: “That s**t was f**king crazy. If anything it’s an exciting thing for the kids who make music in their bedroom. We’re making progress, I think, in that place—kids who don’t have enough money to use studios..”
On pop stardom and being able to identify with pop stars that fame has “disfigured”: “As a fan growing up, I was always like, What the f**k is wrong with them? All the scandals. The Britney moment. You grow up thinking they’re pretty and they’re skinny; why would they f**k it up? But the bigger I get, the more I’m like, Oh, my God, of course they had to do that. In my dark places I’ve worried that I was going to become the stereotype that everybody thinks every young artist becomes, because how can they not? Last year, when I was at my lowest point during the tour in Europe, I was worried I was going to have a breakdown and shave my head.”
On making it clear that her boyish, skater look is not a protest: “The positive comments about how I dress have this slut-shaming element. Like, ‘I am so glad that you’re dressing like a boy, so other girls can dress like boys, so that they aren’t sluts.’ That’s basically what it sounds like to me. And I can’t overstate how strongly I do not appreciate that, at all.”
Vogue’s February 2020 issue is available on newsstands in NY/LA February 11th, and nationwide February 18th.
[Photo Credit: Hassan Hajjaj, Ethan James Green, Harley Weir & Nastya Kovtun/Vogue Magazine]
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