Nothing raises you from a cursed weekend hangover like waking up to the heavenly sight of Billie Eilish on the cover of British Vogue. The 19-year-old singer has donned a pinup lewk for the lush fash magazine and the piccy that she shared to Instagram managed to clock up 1 million likes in six minutes, smashing an Instagram record.
Quick side note: interestingly, as I’m writing this, I get a notification of an Instagram piccy that I posted two years ago.
How’s that for fucken’ timing?
You could call that a coincidence, but then again, I don’t believe in coincidences, so…
Anyway! Why is the Vogue cover such a huge deal? Well, not only is it the most stunning image and the mere sight of it will clear your skin, pay your taxes and realign your chakras, but it’s also a huge deal because Billie Eilish has been very open in the past about her struggle with body image issues.
Not to mention the fact that these issues have been perpetuated by the media, so it’s great to see a major media outlet working with her to help her look and feel fab.
Speaking to British Vogue, Billie said she’s well aware that the photoshoot will get folks talking and ya know what? She doesn’t really give a fuck.
“‘If you’re about body positivity, why would you wear a corset? Why wouldn’t you show your actual body?’” she imagines critics responding. “My thing is that I can do whatever I want.”
She adds, “It’s all about what makes you feel good. If you want to get surgery, go get surgery. If you want to wear a dress that somebody thinks that you look too big wearing, fuck it — if you feel like you look good, you look good.”
Billie Eilish went on to say that she feels comfortable expressing herself, “I feel more like a woman, somehow.
“Because of the way that I feel that the world sees me, I haven’t felt really desired,” she says. “But that’s really my whole life, though, so I don’t know if it’s anything to do with fame.”
Billie Eilish then called the media’s representations of the “classic hot girl” stereotype “really fucked me up.” Now, she wants to feel “empowered” no matter what she’s wearing.
“Suddenly you’re a hypocrite if you want to show your skin, and you’re easy and you’re a slut and you’re a whore,” she tells the magazine. “If I am, then I’m proud. Me and all the girls are hoes, and fuck it, y’know? Let’s turn it around and be empowered in that. Showing your body and showing your skin — or not — should not take any respect away from you.”
She adds, “Don’t make me not a role model because you’re turned on by me.”
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Matty Galea is the Entertainment Editor at Pedestrian who also dabbles in woo-woo stuff like astrology and crystals and has been penning horoscopes since the start of his career. He also Tweets about pop culture and astrology and posts spicy content on Instagram.