Billie Eilish may have been playing coy when she promised that fans would never see her hip-and-thigh tattoo, because the Grammy-winning singer went super glam for the June issue of British Vogue and the jaw-dropping photos definitely offer a sneak peek of her body art.
The cover shoot and profile is a fresh new look for the 19-year-old, who continues to defy expectations. As the magazine notes in an Instagram post introducing the piece, Eilish has been “hailed as the antidote to toxic tropes for women in pop, and has been a reluctant icon of body positivity – as well as a feminist thought leader for her fans.”
That’s why it was important for her, the publication notes, to change it up with this photoshoot. To do so, Eilish “collaborated closely with the Vogue team on her fashion fantasy, led by style director Dena Giannini.” The resulting photos are nothing short of stunning.
Eilish herself shared several of the photos on her own Instagram page, including the ones that give fans a look at her tattoo. “i love these pictures and i loved doing this shoot. do whatever you want whenever you want. F--k everything else,” she captioned one of the posts.
The pin-up model-inspired photos (which include bodices by Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Balmain) are a much different look than Eilish’s previous style. Eilish has previously sported both pink and purple hair, and her most recent look included black-and-green locks and a grunge vibe. (She surprised fans in mid-March with a new blonde hairstyle.)
In the past, the “Bad Guy” singer revealed she chooses oversized clothing because she’s struggled with body image issues and depression.
“If you’re about body positivity, why would you wear a corset? Why wouldn’t you show your actual body?” Eilish muses in the Vogue article about the latest transformation, imaging critical response to the corsets. “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.”
In the interview, Eilish is just as candid as her photos, opening up about the misogynistic double standards women face. “Because of the way that I feel that the world sees me, I haven’t felt really desired. But that’s really my whole life, though, so I don’t know if it’s anything to do with fame,” she says.
“Suddenly you’re a hypocrite if you want to show your skin, and you’re easy and you’re a slut and you’re a whore. If I am, then I’m proud,” she continues. “Let’s turn it around and be empowered in that. Showing your body and showing your skin – or not – should not take any respect away from you.”
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