A new pop singer has surged in popularity and is taking over the industry. Billie EiIlish, a 17 year old girl from Los Angeles is challenging the norms of society. At 13 years old she uploaded her song “Ocean Eyes” which went viral overnight. The song now has over 19 million plays. Since uploading “Ocean Eyes” in 2015 she now has several songs with bold messages and influence. Amy Romero says, “I love her song Ocean Eyes, it’s so peaceful and I listen to it on repeat.”
Today artists flash a lot of skin and perform provocative shows but not Eilish. She’s always sporting baggy clothes, explaining in a Calvin Klein ad that she dresses the way she does because she doesn’t want the world to know everything about her. Therefore she uses fashion to protect herself. Eilish says, “Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath.” Her second album titled “Don’t Smile at Me” is gloomy and catchy with sad lyrics. It’s eerie at best. She explains in an interview one of the reasons for the title of her album saying, “Girls are. ‘Look happy, look like you're having fun!’ I'm not gonna look like anybody except what I am. I want to impress myself.” She has also said before, “ I hate smiling, it makes me feel weak and powerless.”
In her song “Xanny” she sings, “In their secondhand smoke still just drinking canned coke.” Billie Eilish admits she doesn’t do drugs despite them being everywhere around her at her convenience. She says,”It used to be like, ‘Oh my god, you smoke?’ And now it's like, ‘Oh my god, you don't smoke?’ It's stupid.” Billie Eilish is in the minority of celebrities that choose to be sober. Estancia student Nancy Serrano said, “She is so inspirational, it makes me feel like can do anything cause she’s so young.”
Eilish is typically seen with electric blue hair, sometimes deep purple and other times silky silver. Meanwhile her expression is intimidating. Her eyes say, “don’t look at me” with her lips parted just barely as if she’ll spit on you if you came any closer. She doesn’t appear to wear any makeup besides lip gloss. Her outfits are carefree and vibrant to stand apart from the crowd. Eilish is not a “one hit wonder” she is talented and unique and produces catchy songs with addicting choruses. She is on her tour “When We All Fall Asleep” traveling the U.S. through May 29 to mid July.
Reporter: Claudia Arce