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What We Can Learn From Billie Eilish in 2020: Iconic Outfits and All

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at U Mass Amherst chapter.

Often times women are told what to wear, how to act around men and women (yes, there are distinctions), and how to speak facts and revoke our opinions. While the music industry still reproduces some of these refined figures, artists like Billie Eilish challenge these generational stereotypes by giving us the music that will shape the future. She represents Generation Z, and will continue to shape the face of music for generations after hers. At the 2020 Grammy’s, she received five of the top awards, including best new artist and song of the year from an album that was produced in her bedroom alongside her brother, Finneas. If this doesn’t show how incredibly talented she and Finneas are, I don’t know what can give them justice.

Music is a powerful and beautiful source.

Over the past decade, it seems as though mental illness is being talked about more frequently, and these conversations can be difficult to have. In her new album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Billie lyrically speaks about depression, translating her thoughts into song. Her music is incredibly powerful and is a personal message to people everywhere that her listeners are not alone. Her music also transcends the typical music culture you hear today with a mix of alternative pop, dark pop, E.D.M., electropop, and many more genres.

Express your style the way you want.  

Bold is one word to describe Billie’s iconic style. However, the idea behind her style is not always as it seems. Billie opened up about her style of baggy clothes and track suits, saying that it was a decision she made to avoid being judged for her body. Let me say this again: a young girl is afraid to show her body because she knows people will comment about it. Yet, other female artists go through the same thoughts and get the same reactions: “She’s slim-thick” or “She’s not slim-thick”, and the list goes on.

She is not just avoiding the haters, but she is embracing the idea of dressing out of her comfort zone and enjoying her unique style. Anyway, it’s her music that she wants people to zero in on. This is Billie’s casual look and it’s one she is looking to evolve as she gets older if she wants to show more of her body. Her choice is what matters in the long run and the opinion of others should stay just that and not be communicated about to others.

We are in a new generation of sustainable actions.

Recently, Billie announced that she is trying to go “as green as possible” in her 2020 stadium tour. With sustainable actions needed now more than ever, Billie set the tone of how concert venues should be taking care of their waste. This means that no plastic straws are allowed in the stadium, recycling cans will be placed everywhere, and Billie is advising fans to bring reusable water bottles in order to avoid unwanted waste.

In recent news, H&M partnered with Billie Eilish to create a line of all sustainable fashion. The line consists of her signature baggy style and a theme of the color green, of course! She is an inspiring artist to all with her own personal style of music, clothing choices, and her values as an artist and person. 

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Billie Eilish is changing how we see the world, both musically and with her activism. She deserves all the recognition she recieves for shaping the next generation and bettering society. 

All images courtesy of the Her Campus Media Library.

Sources: 1, 2, 3 

Alyssa Mahoney

U Mass Amherst '20

Alyssa is in her senior year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is so excited to graduate in May of 2020! She has been a communication major for two years and is also pursuing a minor in psychology. She is both the Facebook Director and a content editor for the UMass chapter of HC and loves to read everyone’s articles. Her personal favorite things include everything about the fall season, going on a good run, binge watching The Office, and writing in general! If you’re interested in being motivated and ways to think and act more sustainable, then you can expect Alyssa to cover those topics. Feel free to follow her Instagram! @lissy818
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