Billie Eilish responds to the backlash over her lingerie-clad British Vogue cover
Billie Eilish is pondering how her looks has evolved over the course of her career, following the premiere of her blonde hair in 2021 and the internet-breaking British Vogue cover, which many felt was an entirely new look.
She returned to Vanity Fair for the sixth year in a row for her annual video interview, where she answers the same questions year after year as she matures and achieves success. During her most recent interview, she talked about how her June cover seemed to confirm that she was embracing a variety of dress trends.
“I did that Vogue cover and it was a genre that we were doing the shoot for. It was an old kind of Hollywood lingerie kind of classic thing. And it was supposed to be a specific aesthetic for a photoshoot and then it was like ‘Billie Eilish’s new style’ and people kept being like ‘Wow, her new style it’s so much better than the old style.’ Or like, ‘Wow, I wish that we could have her old style back, I’m so sad that she’s just changed into this,'” she said.
Eilish appeared in lingerie from Gucci, Burberry, and Mugler during the photo session. When people saw her in a different outfit, she explained that it wasn’t a sign of a new age of fashion, but rather a change from her usual attire.
“It was so weird because I was like, it’s not a new style, it’s one thing I wore and then I’m gonna wear this another day and then I’m gonna do this,” she said in the video. “Literally the thing that I’ve been preaching about since I first started is wear what you want. Dress how you want, act how you want, talk how you want, be how you want. That’s all I’ve ever said. It’s just being open to new things and not letting people ruin it for you.”
With her new “anything goes” style, Eilish has worn her typical baggy attire while also experimenting with more feminine looks—most recently on the Met Gala red carpet in her Oscar de la Renta gown. Fans who aren’t used to seeing the singer expose so much skin have reportedly taken issue with her new mature style. Elle magazine quoted her as saying, “I lost 100,000 followers, just because of the boobs,” “People are scared of big boobs.”
Even said, Eilish now feels less pressure to please her fans after hearing that some of their preferences aren’t shared by others.
“I was more loved. I was pretty overall like loved, I would say, to be honest. And so I was like scared because I wanted to keep that love,” she told Vanity Fair of her younger self. “And now, tons of people hate me, so I’m not worried anymore. I’m like, OK well, if you like me, you like me. If you don’t, you don’t, so.”