“It was supposed to be a specific aesthetic for a photoshoot, and then it was like the ‘new Billie Eilish style’… It was so weird because I was like, ‘It’s not a new style, it’s one thing I’ve been wearing.'” It’s just being open to new things and not letting people spoil it for you.”
Reflected on her ever-changing style and image, Billie Eilish looked especially back at the outfit from her British Vogue cover in May.
Fans first saw Bailey’s signature look transformation back in March, when she switched up her well-known green roots and debuted her blonde hair on Instagram.
Months later, the cover of Billie’s Vogue saw her adopting a “Hollywood classic” look and wearing several designer corsets. Since then, she has continued to tease bolder, more feminine looks in the public eye, many of which have attracted a lot of attention.
However, many were quick to criticize Bailey for her shift from her plus-size clothes, which has come to be understood as a conscious decision the 19-year-old made to avoid sex.
Some seemed to condemn Bailey because she seemed to conform to the standards of beauty they felt she had been fighting against throughout her career.
Now that Bailey has sat down with Vanity Fair for the fifth year of her annual video interview, Bailey has reflected on the hype around her Vogue cover.
“I did that Vogue cover and it was the kind we were shooting for. It was an old fashioned Hollywood lingerie kind of classic.
“It was supposed to be a specific aesthetic for a photoshoot, and then it was like the ‘new Billie Eilish style’ and people kept like, ‘Wow, her new style, it’s so much better than the old style. Or like, ‘Wow, I wish we could get her old style back, I’m so sad she just changed into this,'” she said, citing some of the criticism she’s received.
“It was so weird because I was like, ‘It’s not a new style, it’s something I wore and then I would wear another day and then I would do this,’” she said. “The thing I’ve been preaching about since I first started is to wear whatever you want.
“Dress what you want, act the way you want, talk how you want, be how you want to. That’s all I said. It’s just being open to new things and not letting people spoil it for you,” she said.
Bailey also thought about how her physical appearance affected the way she was identified in public, noting that her estrangement from oversized clothing and distinctive bright hair colors made it easier for her to “manage” her way around people.
Looking back at a video of herself from last year – in which she publicly called going out a “total disaster” – Bailey explained how her newfound confidence helped her move abroad more safely.
“Oh my gosh, that girl was going through an identity crisis,” Bailey said of her 18-year-old self.
My attitude was, ‘Well, I can’t get out. You know, I can’t go here. “I can’t go there,” she explained. “And I got used to it, like not even being able to go to the park or go eat or get coffee.
“Last year I’ve been open about it. I’m really grateful for that because I’m able to feel confident going out without a hat, hoodie, glasses, mask and jacket… It’s so much better and you don’t have to live like that. And I realized that this year I don’t have to I live like this.
“And my hair is blonde now,” she continued, speaking of not being recognized due to her changing physical appearance. “So he’s not like the only person I’ve seen pass by with green hair.”
Bailey’s latest comments come months after she opened up about some of the criticism she’s received about her changing image in her September cover interview with Elle.
Talking about how some of her fans wanted her to stay in the casual, oversized look that she rocked in her early years of fame, Bailey admitted that she found it “inhuman” to be associated with just one particular style.
“People hold onto these memories and have an attachment,” she said. “But it is very inhumane.”
Furthermore, Bailey recalled that she lost 100,000 followers after she posted a photo wearing a corset and lace bra. As noted by Elle, the photo was met with a large influx of comments calling it “disingenuous” and “disingenuous.”
“I lost 100,000 followers, just because of the boobs,” Bailey said of the photo. “People are afraid of big boobs.”
Elsewhere, Bailey’s sophisticated style once again grabbed attention at this year’s Met Gala, which took place in September.
Bailey surprised fans and viewers around the world when she stepped onto the iconic beige carpet in a Marilyn Monroe-inspired Oscar de la Renta dress – a look unlike anything she’s worn on similar occasions before.
“It’s about time. It’s about time for it, and I feel like I’ve grown a lot in the past few years and my confidence,” Billy She said from the dress. “I am so excited. I have butterflies. I couldn’t be happier.”
“This is the first thing I’ve ever done in this field,” she added, noting that she was “shivering and shivering.”
Bailey said Oscar de la Renta had vowed to stop using fur in his designs at her request before they collaborated.
I wrote in Instagram Caption Shortly after the Met Gala. “I was honored to wear this dress knowing that Oscar de la Renta would be completely fur free!!!!
“I am honored to be a catalyst and to be heard on this matter. I urge all designers to do the same.”
Speaking with Vanity Fair Now, Bailey listed the achievement as one of the major milestones of her career. She remembered telling Oscar de la Renta, “You have to stop using furs, because if you don’t, I’m not working with you.”
“I made Oscar de la Renta stop using furs completely, and that was really important to me,” she said.
“I hope more brands will follow environmental awareness and try to help the world instead of making it worse,” added Bailey, who is a vegetarian and often uses her platform to advocate for the well-being of the planet.
You can watch Billy’s fifth annual interview with Vanity Fair in full here.