Yesterday, the world collectively caught a glimpse of another side of Billie Eilish (and gasped) when she was revealed as the June 2021 cover star of British Vogue, in a series of classic pin-up-inspired shots by Craig McDean.
Now, let's dig into some highlights from the accompanying story written by Laura Snapes:
• "More simplistic interpretations of Eilish's aesthetic saw her hailed as an icon of body positivity and a good example compared with female pop stars who wore less. She never claimed to stand for any of it. 'The more the Internet and the world care about somebody that's doing something they're not used to, they put it on such a high pedestal that then it's even worse.'"
• "'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,' Eilish says. '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.
'I really think the bottom line is, men are very weak. I think it's just so easy for them to lose it. You expect a dude not to grab you if you're wearing that dress? Seriously, you're that weak? Come on! Go masturbate!'"
• "The subject [of 'Your Power'] is a composite. 'It's an open letter to people who take advantage–mostly men,' Eilish says carefully. 'I would like people to listen to me. And not just try to figure out who I'm talking about, because it's not about that. It's really not at all about one person.'"
• "Scrutiny has left her fluent in anticipating criticism: she predicts the objections to the combination of ['Your Power'] and Vogue's shoot. 'You're going to complain about being taken advantage of as a minor, but then you're going to show your boobs? Yes I am, motherfucker! I'm going to because there's no excuse.'"
The magazine also enlisted 23 of Eilish's famous fans (including Avril Lavigne, Orlando Bloom and Viola Davis) to submit video questions for the latest edition of their "Ask a Legend" series.