Billie Eilish Responds To Backlash Over Vogue Cover That Lost Her 100,000 Followers
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Billie Eilish has been no stranger to changing up her look and style this year.
She managed to break two Instagram records after she debuted her bleach blonde hair, with the post of her Vogue cover breaking the record for the fastest photo on the platform to reach 1million likes – she achieved it in under six minutes.
However, in her fifth annual interview with Vanity Fair which dropped earlier this week, Billie reflected on the criticism she faced over her infamous photoshoot earlier this year.
The singer’s Old Hollywood-style cover had critics calling her ‘disingenuous’ and ‘cringy’, and resulted in her losing 100,000 followers on Instagram (despite also breaking records).
Billie joked: “I lost 100,000 followers, just because of the boobs.
“People are scared of big boobs.”
The cover shoot was viewed in stark contrast to her usual casual, oversized style, which many understood as a way for her to avoid being overly sexualised.
The 19-year-old responded to fans who wanted her to keep her old style, stating: “People hold on to these memories and have an attachment, but it's very dehumanizing.”
Nevertheless, Billie has certainly overcome all the criticism, as she added: “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.”
It seems the experience has only bolstered the singer’s confidence, as she spoke about feeling more comfortable going outside nowadays.
She said: “Being able to feel confident stepping outside without a hat and a hood and glasses and a mask and a jacket… it’s so much better when you don't have to live like that.
“And I realized that this year that I don't have to live like that.”
Billie also spoke of her highlight attending the Met Gala back in September, in which she re-imagined Marilyn Monroe to fit the American fashion theme.
She told Vanity Fair that she forced her designer for the event to stop using fur for good.
She recalled: “So, I got Oscar de la Renta to stop using fur completely, and that was a really, really big thing for me.
“I hope that more brands follow along with being environmentally conscious and try to help the world instead of making it worse.”
This comes as no surprise as Billie is openly vegan and chooses to use her platform to advocate for sustainability and environmentalism.