“I’m the bad guy…duh.”-Billie Eilish in Bad Guy
These custom shoes feature one of the biggest stars in music, a talented young woman whose signature neon hair and ethereal vocals would stand out in any crowd: Billie Eilish.
People might know the name, Billie Eilish today, but five years ago, the singer was just a regular teen girl with a genuine passion for music and dance. What began as a one-off song collaboration with her brother, Finneas, grew into something neither of them could have predicted. People started responding—to her dream-like soprano voice, to her clever, probing lyrics, to her bold, unapologetic character—Put together, she was somebody quite unlike anything we’d ever seen before. With some artists, forming a clear identity can take time, both in terms of public persona and music style, but Billie nailed both from the get-go, a testament to her artistry and a result of advocating for herself behind the scenes. From signing her first recording contract with Interscope Records to sweeping the 2020 Grammys, Billie has had a number of firsts.
Now, she is breaking barriers in the social discourse as quickly as she is industry records. She sings about taboo subjects like mental health, throws up her (figurative) middle finger to body-shamers, and muses melancholy inner monologues. Her music videos evoke some discomfort, yet they visualize a narrative that her songs communicate so effectively. Seeing a never-ending stream of near-black tears staining her skin and white clothes, and obscuring the whites of her eyes is bizarre and striking all at once, and this intrigue is something that seems to be a theme throughout her work. Her loose-fitting dress style where street wear meets designer labels reflects the same mystery, and for good reason. In a position of such high visibility, Billie holds tight to her privacy; what people can’t see, they can’t judge. Her clothing is also a personal artistic outlet. It gives her confidence and doesn’t pretend to follow trends. The thing is, she doesn’t need to copy any formulas to resonate—her honest self-presentation and perspectives on life make her listeners, especially those close in age, feel understood. In interviews, she speaks candidly about her insecurities, telling fans to embrace themselves as they are, in spite of critics, who will never be satisfied. The gifted performer would be the first to point out her own imperfections, but in true Billie fashion, she’ll also have this to say: Judge me. I dare you.