Do you, girl. Singer Billie Eilish recently revealed she’s considering changing up her signature style when she turns 18 — going from full-coverage tracksuits and puffer vests a la Missy Elliott to showing a bit more skin every now and then.
“I’m gonna be a woman. I wanna show my body,” the 17-year-old revealed to Elle for their Women In Music cover story. “What if I wanna make a video where I wanna look desirable? Not a porno! But I know it would be a huge thing,” she complained about the double standard. “I know people will say, ‘I’ve lost all respect for her.’”
Plus, she doesn’t appreciate folks who call out girls who do like to show skin. In her mind, that defeats the purpose of expressing yourself how you see fit. “You’re missing the point!” she lamented to the outlet. “The point is not: Hey, let’s go slut-shame all these girls for not dressing like Billie Eilish. It makes me mad. I have to wear a big shirt for you not to feel uncomfortable about my boobs!”
In the past, the brunette beauty has been pretty vocal about her struggles with body dysmorphia — and the struggle to accepting herself while being in the public eye. It started at a young age when she was dancing competitively. “At dance, you wear really tiny clothes. And I’ve never felt comfortable in really tiny clothes,” she revealed to Rolling Stone. “I was always worried about my appearance. That was the peak of my body dysmorphia. I couldn’t look in the mirror at all.”
She revealed that the experience set the tone for the next few years of her life, even into the onset of fame. “It sent me down a hole. I went through a whole self-harming phase — we don’t have to go into it. But the gist of it was, I felt like I deserved to be in pain,” she told the mag.
“When anyone else thinks about Billie Eilish at 14, they think of all the good things that happened,” she continued. “But all I can think of is how miserable I was. How completely distraught and confused. 13 to 16 was pretty rough.” Seems like the pop star has come a long way. We’re proud of you, girl.