There's a very conscious decision behind her signature style.
It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to be incredibly famous, talented and hardworking, while being recognised every where you go, at the age of just 17.
This is something singing sensation Billie Eilish has opened up a lot as she continues to storm the charts.
Her look is distinctive, far from the miniskirts or crop tops that would have once been the only acceptable attire for a teen girl in the industry.
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Instead, Billie favours baggy clothes, wide leg shorts, oversized shirts and skater girl accessories, and while this may be her personal style, there is also a very conscious decision behind it. The 17-year-old admits that she dresses this way as a barrier, to keep as much of herself private as she can.
In a new campaign with Calvin Klein, the star is dressed in one of her signature looks, and explains, “I never want the world to know everything about me.”
“That’s why I wear big, baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath,” she added.
The star added that she can’t be judged or scrutinised for her body if it’s not visible to the public.
“Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath. Nobody can be like, ‘she’s slim-thick,’ ‘she’s not slim-thick,’ ‘she’s got a flat ass,’ ‘she’s got a fat ass.’”
Calvin Klein was praised for embracing Billie’s style and allowing her to speak about these issues, while still advertising their products.
Fans of the Bad Guy singer will be well aware of Billie’s struggle with fame. In Vanity Fair’s Same Interview, One Year Apart series in 2018, Billie spoke about being recognised everywhere she goes. The video was played alongside another video of her from the year before, and many fans pointed out that she appeared visibly exhausted from the fame and recognition.
When asked how often she’s recognised in 2018, at 16, she said: “Every time I go anywhere. Hands down… It’s really cool, but it’s a lot.” This was in comparison to her 15-year-old self’s answer, which was “kind of a lot actually, not a ton, but maybe like once a week.”
When Billie looked back on the first video, she said: “I’m kind of jealous of Billie a year ago, I’m really not about to pity myself for people recognising me, ’cause I’m really grateful for it, but I don’t know, I’d like to go to… anywhere and not be recognised.”
You can watch the video here: