Billie Breaks the Internet

By Julia Kemp

Billie Eilish, the 19-year old singer songwriter, recently set records on Instagram as being the first person to gain one million likes on a post in under six minutes. She also posted eight photos in the top 20 liked photos on Instagram. These photos revealed many changes in the singer’s appearance such as her new platinum blonde hair and her photoshoot with Vogue Magazine that came out in May of 2021. These photos were unprecedented for the young singer as her trademarked baggy clothes and green hair were thrown out the window, replaced with a tight corset and classic 20’s-inspired blonde curls. Eilish told Vogue that she was inspired to dive into her femininity and her own body image issues. Online critics sparked this body image discussion for Eilish when, in October of 2021, a paparazzi image circulated depicting Eilish in a form-fitting vest. When negative comments and back-handed congratulations reached Eilish and her supporters, she decided to take the opportunity to show her audience of mostly young teenage girls that confidence and beauty comes from ignoring the criticism and dressing the way that you want to dress. She told Vogue, “It’s all about what makes you feel good. If you want to get surgery, go get surgery. If you want to wear a dress that somebody thinks that you look too big wearing, f**k it – if you feel like you look good, you look good.”