Billie Eilish: ‘I still have huge issues with my body’

Billie Eilish has opened up about her body confidence struggles.The 18-year-old discussed her issues surrounding body image in a new interview with British GQ magazine and opened up about her battle to accept herself after a tumultuous few years. “I st…

Billie Eilish has opened up about her body confidence struggles.

The 18-year-old discussed her issues surrounding body image in a new interview with British GQ magazine and opened up about her battle to accept herself after a tumultuous few years.

“I still have huge issues with my own body,” the Bad Guy hitmaker explained. “Here’s a bomb for you: I have never felt desired. My past boyfriends never made me feel desired. None of them. And it’s a big thing in my life that I feel I have never been physically desired by somebody.”

She went on to reveal that while she prefers to dress in androgynous, baggy clothes, she now feels “trapped” by the persona she created in an effort to avoid being sexualised.

“Sometimes I dress like a boy. Sometimes I dress like a swaggy girl. And sometimes I feel trapped by this persona that I have created, because sometimes I think people view me not as a woman,” Billie shared.

The Grammy winner also discussed the video she created for her tour earlier this year, in which she can be seen stripping off layers of clothing to show off her body for the first time, along with a powerful voiceover in which she addresses body shaming.

“I felt very motivated to do it… First off, I am not stripping. The whole point is that I don’t strip all the way to my bra as it’s gone before you see it – it’s not yours to see… I definitely didn’t want it to come off as, ‘Oh, now I am 18 now I like my body,'” she explained.

“It is me saying: ‘Look, there is a body underneath these clothes and you don’t get to see it. Isn’t that a shame? But my body is mine and yours is yours.’ Our own bodies are kind of the only real things which are truly ours. I get to see it and get to show it when I want to.”

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Billie Eilish has ‘never felt comfortable’ dressing like other people

Billie Eilish has “never felt comfortable” dressing or looking like other people. The Bad Guy singer is known for her distinctive voice, green-tinged hair, and penchant for androgynous, oversized clothing.But in a new interview, Billie, who was homesc…

Billie Eilish has “never felt comfortable” dressing or looking like other people.

The Bad Guy singer is known for her distinctive voice, green-tinged hair, and penchant for androgynous, oversized clothing.

But in a new interview, Billie, who was homeschooled, admitted she didn’t always want her appearance to stand out from the crowd, and during one period when she was younger, she was so desperate to fit in with the school set that she opted for popular, trendy clothes.

“I went through a period of that, yeah, of wanting to be like everyone else, of wanting a locker,” the 18-year-old shared in a chat with British GQ magazine. “I would only go to so-called trendy shops and wear what was considered by some as trendy. It was a very uncomfortable year. Also, because I wasn’t rich, and a lot of my friends were rich, that was very hard to deal with. But that went away pretty fast; no idea why. Since then, I’ve never felt comfortable looking like other people.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the Bury a Friend hitmaker candidly shared that she has “never been physically desired by somebody” and now feels “trapped” by the persona she created in an effort to avoid being sexualised.

“Sometimes I dress like a boy. Sometimes I dress like a swaggy girl. And sometimes I feel trapped by this persona that I have created, because sometimes I think people view me not as a woman,” Billie commented of her baggy clothing style.

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Billie Eilish collaborating with Uniqlo on T-shirt collection

Billie Eilish has teamed up with artist Takashi Murakami to create a T-shirt collection for Uniqlo. Executives at the Japanese retail company announced the collaboration by posting a visual teaser on Instagram on Thursday in which an anime-style manne…

Billie Eilish has teamed up with artist Takashi Murakami to create a T-shirt collection for Uniqlo.

Executives at the Japanese retail company announced the collaboration by posting a visual teaser on Instagram on Thursday in which an anime-style mannequin wears high-top sneakers, trousers, and a white T-shirt featuring the words “Billie Eilish” made up of Murakami’s signature Kaikai Kiki flower pattern.

In the caption, they wrote, “Coming Soon. #BillieEilishxMurakamiUT @uniqlo.ut @billieeilish @takashipom.”

According to WWD, the Billie Eilish by Takashi Murakami collection will be released later this month and further details about the collaboration will be unveiled next week.

The UT collection, which is the name given to Uniqlo’s graphic T-shirt ranges, will showcase the artistic perspectives of Billie and Takashi through graphics combining their styles, which were exclusively designed for Uniqlo.

The 18-year-old singer previously worked with the Japanese contemporary artist, the founder and president of art company Kaikai Kiki Co., last year when he directed the music video for her track You Should See Me in a Crown.

The Bad Guy hitmaker, who is known for wearing baggy, oversized clothing, already has a number of apparel collections under her belt despite only rising to fame last year.

She has previously worked with H&M, Urban Outfitters, Bershka, and Freak City on ranges, appeared in campaigns for Calvin Klein, MCM, and Stella McCartney, and been involved in the designs available in her merchandise shop Blohsh.

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Off-White face mask tops list of most-searched fashion items

An Off-White face mask has topped the rankings of most-searched fashion items.On Wednesday, analysts at fashion platform Lyst unveiled their findings for the first quarter of 2020 and reported that a face mask featuring an arrow motif from Virgil Abloh…

An Off-White face mask has topped the rankings of most-searched fashion items.

On Wednesday, analysts at fashion platform Lyst unveiled their findings for the first quarter of 2020 and reported that a face mask featuring an arrow motif from Virgil Abloh’s streetwear brand was the hottest product in the men’s category.

The mask, priced at $95 (£76), is now sold out, but is currently listed for up to three times its original price on resale platforms. Streetwear-inspired masks have been trending for some time, with Billie Eilish wearing a custom Gucci version to the Grammy Awards in January and the likes of Travis Scott, Future, and Young Thug sporting the items to events for several years.

However, the team at Lyst believe the coronavirus crisis, in which people in affected nations are encouraged to wear face masks to help curb the spread of Covid-19, has accelerated interest even further.

“The coronavirus pandemic has seen more labels enter the mask market, and a 496 per cent surge in searches for fashion face masks over the quarter,” a spokesperson commented. “Millions of shoppers worldwide are searching for masks by Off-White, as well as by Fendi, Bape and Marcelo Burlon.”

Other sought-after products for men included Prada’s bolo tie, Loewe’s half-zip fleece from the Eye/LOEWE/Nature outdoors collection, and Stone Island’s cargo trousers.

As for the women’s category, the Bottega Veneta padded Cassette bag was the most popular item, with Off-White’s soft lace bodysuit, Gucci’s pattern tights, and an Anine Bing tiger sweatshirt also in the mix. Yet, the most surprising addition was an increase in interest for pre-owned Chanel handbags.

“Chanel’s classic double flap bag saw a 75 per cent increase in searches over the quarter,” they added. “Perhaps driven by the fact that Chanel does not sell bags through its own website, and with bricks-and-mortar luxury stores shuttered in many markets due to the coronavirus outbreak, demand for these classics has increased on second-hand marketplaces.”

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Billie Eilish splashes out on black diamond necklace

Billie Eilish celebrated her record haul at the 2020 Grammy Awards by splashing out on a new necklace.The Bad Guy hitmaker took home awards for Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album in the bi…

Billie Eilish celebrated her record haul at the 2020 Grammy Awards by splashing out on a new necklace.

The Bad Guy hitmaker took home awards for Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album in the big five categories at the prizegiving held in January, becoming the youngest artist in history to do so. Billie’s debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was also named the Best Engineered Album.

In light of her success, the star reached out to the designers at celebrity jewellers Boodaddy Diamonds and had them custom-make a 14-karat gold and black diamond ‘5X’ necklace for her.

“WITH THE ULTIMATE FLEX. CUSTOM PENDANT I MADE FOR @billieeilish 5 X GRAMMY WINNER. WITH A SWEEP OF THE MAJOR CATEGORIES,” they posted on Instagram on Thursday, alongside a series of close-up image of the bling. “FIRST TIME SINCE 1981. SHES ONLY 18 & ALREADY A GOAT (Greatest of All Time).

“THANK YOU FOR THE LOVE & SUPPORT. MUCH APPRECIATED.”

Billie also posted a photo of her wearing the necklace during a photoshoot on her Instagram page.

The 18-year-old has continued breaking records, and recently released James Bond theme No Time to Die – making her the youngest artist in history to record a song for the hit movie franchise.

The tune will play over the credits when the movie drops in theatres on 12 November 2020, after the release was pushed back due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Billie Eilish slams body shamers as she sheds oversized clothes for tour video

Billie Eilish hit out at those who judge her body as she shed her signature oversized clothes in a video on her new tour.The Bad Guy singer is known for her love of boxy tops and loose-fitting trousers, which always conceal her figure. But as she kicke…

Billie Eilish hit out at those who judge her body as she shed her signature oversized clothes in a video on her new tour.

The Bad Guy singer is known for her love of boxy tops and loose-fitting trousers, which always conceal her figure. But as she kicked off her Where Do We Go? Tour at Miami’s American Airlines Arena on Monday night, Billie seized the opportunity to showcase a different side of herself.

As an interlude between songs, audience members were shown a video of the teenager slowly unzipping her hoodie to reveal a form-fitting tank top, which she then removed to stand in just her bra.

The video, which was shared on Twitter by concertgoers, was accompanied by a voiceover by Billie, in which she mused about why people are so judgemental of her figure.

“You have opinions, about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body,” she began. “Some people hate what I wear, some people praise it, some people use it to shame others, some people use it to shame me. But I feel you watching, always, and nothing I do goes unseen… So while I feel your stares, your disapproval, or your sigh of relief, if I lived by them, I’d never be able to move.”

Asking if fans wanted her to be “smaller, weaker, softer, taller”, the 18-year-old continued: “The body I was born with is it not what you wanted? If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I’m a s**t. Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it, and judge me for it – why?”

Concluding, Billie said: “We make assumptions about people, based on their size. We decide who they are, we decide what they’re worth. If I wear more, if I wear less, who decides what that makes me? What that means? Is my value based only on your perception? Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?”

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Dries Van Noten serves up ultimate party girl wardrobe for fall 20 line

Dries Van Noten has offered up a wardrobe for the ultimate party girl with his latest collection.The Belgian fashion designer unveiled his fall/winter 2020 line as part of Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday, with the 65-piece range including sequinned sep…

Dries Van Noten has offered up a wardrobe for the ultimate party girl with his latest collection.

The Belgian fashion designer unveiled his fall/winter 2020 line as part of Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday, with the 65-piece range including sequinned separates and silk dresses with bold floral motifs.

Speaking backstage, Van Noten explained that he was intrigued by the concept of “nocturnal glamour”.

“It’s about going out, enjoying life-having fun, that’s very important!” he commented, according to Vogue. “I thought of this party girl. Something mysterious. Something dark. But I questioned how far it could go, while staying contemporary.”

Opening the show, a model stepped out in a feathered skirt, long brown cardigan, plaid jacket, and knee-high brown suede boots. The designer then introduced a fun jungle-inspired print consisting of bright green leaves and pink flowers on velvet jumpsuits, silk kimonos, high-neck tops, and PVC trench coats.

Elsewhere, party-ready essentials included the likes of black leather trousers, long lime green sequin dresses, crushed purple velvet pants, ’70s-inspired snake print dresses and coats, fringed skirts, and metallic jacquard dresses with ’80-style puff sleeves.

The vibe was emphasised by the eye-catching hairstyles, with the models sporting neon paint, perhaps influenced by Billie Eilish’s signature look, on their roots.

To conclude, Van Noten served up a parade of eveningwear pieces, with highlights including a purple sequin bolero jacket, bright purple sequin dress with pockets, shiny black tuxedo jackets, and a long black gown with feather detailing on the hemline.

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Billie Eilish rocks head-to-toe Burberry for 2020 BRIT Awards

Billie Eilish rocked a custom Burberry outfit, complete with matching bonnet, to the 2020 BRIT Awards on Tuesday night.The Bad Guy hitmaker’s unique look featured the luxury British brand’s iconic check on a cosy camel sweater and trousers, with the ou…

Billie Eilish rocked a custom Burberry outfit, complete with matching bonnet, to the 2020 BRIT Awards on Tuesday night.

The Bad Guy hitmaker’s unique look featured the luxury British brand’s iconic check on a cosy camel sweater and trousers, with the outfit topped off with a beige trench coat, plaid socks, and a matching manicure.

Her eye-catching ensemble, heavily influenced by a look spotted at creative director Riccardo Tisci’s spring/summer 2020 show during London Fashion Week, was complemented with chunky beige boots and jewels from Tiffany & Co.

It was a big night for the 18-year-old, who performed her Bond theme No Time to Die for the first time at the ceremony and also scooped the accolade for Best International Female.

Lizzo was also among the celebrities making a show-stopping statement on the red carpet, as she wore a custom dress, designed by Jeremy Scott for Moschino, made to look like the wrapper of a Hershey’s chocolate bar.

The floor-length gown even included a barcode and the nutritional value of the sweet treat, while the Juice hitmaker accessorised with a chocolate-bar inspired clutch bag by Judith Leiber.

Harry Styles led the stylish men on the red carpet, rocking a Gucci suit before changing into two more designer outfits during the star-studded bash.

While Stormzy, who wowed fans with his incredible performance at the BRITs, looked chic in white trousers and a matching high neck jumper from Dior.

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Daniel Craig is ‘really involved’ in picking Bond theme

Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell have revealed Daniel Craig is heavily involved in choosing the theme song for his James Bond movies.The Grammy Award-winning singer wrote No Time to Die, the theme song for the upcoming Bond movie of the …

Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell have revealed Daniel Craig is heavily involved in choosing the theme song for his James Bond movies.

The Grammy Award-winning singer wrote No Time to Die, the theme song for the upcoming Bond movie of the same name, with the help of her songwriting partner and brother O’Connell, with her making the history books as the youngest artist ever to record a Bond theme.

In an interview with BBC Breakfast, the duo revealed they wouldn’t have landed the coveted job if Craig didn’t like the song they created.

“He has a big say in it,” the Bad Guy hitmaker said. “He’s really involved. We haven’t met him but he’s got to like it before they move on.”

“He had to like it,” Finneas added. “If Daniel doesn’t like it then you don’t get the job.”

The new Bond theme, which was written and recorded “on a tour bus in Texas” in three days, was performed by the duo for the first time at the BRIT Awards in London on Tuesday night.

Finneas also revealed that he and his younger sister managed to score a sneak peek of the film’s script to give them inspiration for their lyrics.

The 22-year-old recently told Good Morning America that he managed to persuade producers to let them have a read through of some of the script to make sure their track reflected the storyline of the upcoming film.

“We didn’t want to go in blind, so we asked if we could have any of the script and we were given a scene of the script to read and that informed all the lyrics,” Finneas shared.

Craig makes his fifth and final appearance as 007 in No Time to Die, which hits cinemas in April.

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Cary Joji Fukunaga thrilled with Billie Eilish’s James Bond theme

No Time to Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga has raved over Billie Eilish’s new 007 theme song.The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter released the moody track, also titled No Time to Die, on Thursday night, becoming the youngest-ever artist to record…

No Time to Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga has raved over Billie Eilish’s new 007 theme song.

The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter released the moody track, also titled No Time to Die, on Thursday night, becoming the youngest-ever artist to record a theme tune for a James Bond movie.

An audio clip has already racked up over 3.5 million views on Billie’s YouTube channel, and accordingly, Fukunaga is very impressed with what the 18-year-old and her producer brother Finneas came up with for his blockbuster.

“There are a chosen few who record a Bond theme. I am a huge fan of Billie and Finneas,” he praised. “Their creative integrity and talent are second to none and I cannot wait for audiences to hear what they’ve brought – a fresh new perspective whose vocals will echo for generations to come.”

Billie will debut the track live at the BRIT Awards, accompanied by Finneas, composer Hans Zimmer and the Smiths star Johnny Marr, in London next week. And the Bad Guy hitmaker still can’t believe she has recorded a Bond theme.

“It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honour. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock,” she shared, while her sibling added: “Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we’ve been dreaming about doing our entire lives. There is no more iconic pairing of music and cinema than the likes of Goldfinger and Live and Let Die. We feel so, so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise, long live 007.”

The brother and sister duo join the likes of Shirley Bassey, Sam Smith, and Adele in recording Bond themes.

No Time to Die, which stars Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and Jeffrey Wright, will hit cinemas from 2 April.

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