What critics think of her sophisticated style, Billie Eilish explains, is “not her responsibility.”
Eilish took to Instagram over the weekend to talk about the mess she’s received for embracing a more feminine style in recent years.
Eilish wrote, “I spent the first five years of my career completely obliterated by idiots for being boyish and dressing as I did (and) being constantly told I’d be hotter if I acted like a woman”. Her Instagram story. “Now when I feel comfortable enough to wear anything remotely feminine or form-fitting, I change and I’m sold.”
“Let the women be there!” Eilish continued. “Did you know that women are multifaceted? Shocking right? Believe it or not, women can be interested in multiple things.”
Eilish became a major teen pop star thanks to the release of her 2017 EP “Don’t Smile at Me” and her 2019 debut album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” The singer-songwriter has also been known for her signature tomboy style that consists of loose-fitting, boxy clothes that hide her figure.
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“I never want the world to know everything about me,” Eilish said in the 2019 Calvin Klein ad. “That’s why I wear big, loose clothes. No one can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath.”
Recently, the 21-year-old star has been experimenting with a more feminine look. In June 2021, Eilish appeared on the cover of British Vogue wearing a pink, form-fitting corset. At the Met Gala earlier this month, Eilish walked the red carpet in a semi-sheer black gothic dress.
“I get really offended when people are like, ‘Good for her for feeling comfortable in her older skin,’” Eilish told British Vogue at the time. It’s worse.”
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Experts say Eilish, along with female stars like Taylor Swift, Lizzo and Khloe Kardashian, are facing unspoken pressure to stay current by reinventing themselves multiple times, though they are also receiving criticism for these changes.
“Many feel that so many different aesthetic eras can’t all be true to one person’s true self, so they assume that female pop stars change to fit the era, not as a means of self-expression,” Bella Gerrard, style and lifestyle editor at StyleCaster told USA TODAY in May 2021. “Some people would go so far as to say that staying the same over time is a sign of the male star’s commitment to the identity.”
But Gerrard said that just as ordinary people may wear different clothes at different points in their lives, artists can also change their minds about the self-image they want to project through fashion.
“Changing every few years is a real way of letting fans know where a superstar is,” said Gerrard. “We shouldn’t be surprised when someone’s wardrobe reflects a new era in their life.”
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Contributing: Hannah Yacharoff, USA TODAY