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Billie Eilish Went Vintage Pin-Up For The Cover Of British Vogue

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BREAKING NEWS! 19-Year-Old Woman Dies Hair and Poses in Lingerie! Under normal circumstances, this news would only be of interest to Scott Disick but since it’s the famously emo Billie Eilish who we’re used to seeing swimming around in potato sacks (by Gucci), consider the internet broken. Billie covers the June issue of British Vogue and a whole lot of vintage lingerie covers Billie.

A couple of months ago, Billie unveiled her new blond hair in an Instagram post which, according to Vogue, has since become the third most-liked post ever. Now she’s unveiled herself as a precursor to unveiling a new album, Happier Than Ever, which comes out in July. Billie’s is a “‘classic, old-timey pin-up’ look inspired by Betty Brosmer, Horst’s illusionist beauty shots and the stockinged models of Elmer Batters,” references that can sometimes happen when you’re homeschooled by actors in LA. Here’s Billie’s shoot.

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My condolences to all the creepy men who were probably expecting more nipple. Sorry fellas, she’s not getting the nips out until her next album and then it will probably be only nipples. Like a literal potato sack over her head with two holes for the nipples to pop out. And the joke will be on you because she’ll actually be pushing two baby carrots out the holes and laughing all the way to the bank. Here’s what Billie had to say about her new look.

When we first speak, the shoot is imminent. Although it was entirely her idea, Eilish is apprehensive. “I’ve literally never done anything in this realm at all,” she says, dropping her jaw in exaggerated horror, chewing gum rolling past her tongue. Then a smirk: “Y’know, besides when I’m alone and shit.”

A teenage pop star baring all to telegraph her maturity is nothing new. But Eilish has a point to make. Her new look, plus a comeback single that confronts abusers who exploit underage girls, puts the onus on the viewer to consider their baggage. “Don’t make me not a role model because you’re turned on by me,” she says. Her body “was the initial reason for my depression when I was younger” – a situation worsened when she quit dancing at 13 due to injury. Hence the baggy clothes. Then fame made that image into a flashpoint.

She knows that corsets (among the most controversial garments in the history of fashion) will rile people. Although Eilish wanted to explore their beauty – the shapes, lacing, design – she was also drawn to their original restrictive function. “If I’m honest with you, I hate my stomach, and that’s why.” She thinks that’s “shallow”, I disagree. It’s hard enough for anyone to negotiate the conflict between intellectually rejecting patriarchal beauty standards and hardwired personal frustration, let alone when you’re one of the most scrutinised teenagers in the world and your body is, as Eilish calls it, your “deepest insecurity”.

If only we as a society would scrutinize male pop stars with the same vigor, Justin Bieber, whose deepest insecurity is being a mediocre white boy, might not have had the damn nerve to wear dreadlocks in the year 2021.

Pic: British Vogue via Instagram

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