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From the series: ‘Pop Stars’. Billie Eilish – an artist who swims against the current

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Billie Eilish is undoubtedly one of the most popular artists of the young generation. In addition to her musical talent and success on stage, the singer has a unique approach to life and style. What distinguishes Billie from other stars?

The American artist draws attention with a distinctive style, definitely different from the standards of the music industry. Her image does not resemble that of most young singers, and her songs often touch on difficult problems and experiences with which she and many young people of her generation struggle. Besides her musical talent, is it her openness and honesty that has earned her such a huge fan following?

Success after success

Billie Eilish’s career is developing at a dizzying pace. The debut album of the American artist “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” released in 2019 has achieved the status of double platinum album in the USA. As an 18-year-old, Eilish became the youngest singer to be nominated for a Grammy, and a year later, also as the youngest artist, she sang the song “No Time To Die” for the latest Agent 007 movie. This year, she reached another pinnacle by receiving an Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her performance of the aforementioned song. What other successes await Billie Eilish?

Billie Eilish’s original style

Although she is young and can boast of her beauty, Billie prefers voluminous clothes, punk accessories and a messy headdress. Her styling is not casual. The artist does not want to be sexualized, and she uses fashion to protect herself and her body. In an interview for Teen Vogue, when asked about her loose clothing, she replied:

“No one can say, ‘she’s slim,’ ‘she’s not slim,’ ‘she has a flat butt,’ ‘she has a fat butt.’ No one can say that because they don’t know it.

Many fans appreciate this in the singer, expressing support for her approach on social media and identifying with it. Among other things, Eilish points to the bodyshamming problem that exists in today’s society with her attitude.

Homeschooling, choir and inspiration

Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell – for that is her full name – did not go to school. Both she and her older brother Finneas were educated at home by their parents. At age 8, Billie joined the children’s choir, where she says she learned to sing properly. She was taught the basics of music by her parents and her brother, who had his own band. Eilish began writing her first lyrics at age 11. 

The first song Billie published on SoundCloud was “Ocean Eyes.” This was when her brother’s manager noticed Eilish’s great potential and helped her get into an A&R talent agency. Then her collaboration with Chanel began. She admits that her musical inspirations include The Beatles, Lana Del Ray, Green Day, Avril Lavigne and Justin Biber. 

The disease the star is struggling with

Unusual movements and tics can be seen in the music videos of her songs. Billie Eilish at one point said she suffers from Tourette syndrome, a congenital neurological disorder that causes involuntary motor and vocal tics. The disease is often met with misunderstanding from society. Billie openly admits that she is learning to control it better and better all the time. 

main photo: unsplash.com/Vitaly Mazur

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