Billie Eilish’s style is not best understood as a tweaked neon redux of 1990s grunge. Eilish resonates with her generation because she reflects it, giving the girls of Generation Z an aesthetic balm for the sting of influencer-era pressures and feminist confusion.
In that sense, the “transformative” look Eilish debuts on her new British Vogue cover—tightly clothed with bleached Monrovian locks—is an important cultural moment for Gen Z. Vogue was correct to qualify its story with the note that “a teenage pop star baring all to telegraph her maturity is nothing new.” But for Eilish, Point A and Point B represent an unprecedented generational arc, beyond Britney and Miley and whomever else.
The songstress previously described her baggy androgyny as a protective reaction to body dysmorphia. “I’ve never felt comfortable in really tiny clothes,” she explained to Vogue earlier in her career. Now, Eilish told Vogue, “I feel more like a woman, somehow.”
“Don’t make me not a role model