Billie Eilish, 15, is a Darkroom/Interscope Records-signed American singer and songwriter. Raised in Los Angeles by a family of actors and musicians, she works alongside her songwriter/producer brother, Finneas O'Connell. Eilish was named an Up Next Artist by Apple Music and a Vevo Artist to Watch.
WHAT IS BEAUTY TO YOU?
I think beauty is on the inside. You can’t get away from the fact that physical beauty is what people are drawn to. I feel beauty on the inside is so underrated. No matter how beautiful you are on the outside, it only lasts for so long. If someone’s beautiful on the outside, but they are not real, and they are not good, nor nice, they become ugly to me. If someone is not physically beautiful but they’re sweet— the sweetest person, that’s true beauty.
WHAT FOR YOU IS THE ANTITHESIS OF BEAUTY?
I’ll say this, people have forgotten the difference between bragging and self-love. You can love yourself, and you can think very highly of yourself, and you can do everything for yourself, but there’s a difference between that and thinking that you’re better than everyone else. No one is better than anyone. I believe everyone is completely equal - no matter what you do, what you look like, what you say, how you act. I think this is really the opposite of beauty, to be self-involved.
HOW DO YOU THINK OUR VISION OF BEAUTY HAS CHANGED IN THE LAST DECADE?
I think it changes all the time, especially body image. Everyone is always trying to look like what the standard is at whatever time. People get surgeries to look a certain way - the way they think they are supposed to look - but they forget this ideal might change in the next ten years, and then they will be left with this thing that is what people used to think was beautiful and isn’t anymore.
WHO WAS A BEAUTY ICON FOR YOU IN YOUR YOUTH?
Lana del Rey was a beauty icon for me when I was younger. I started listening to her when I was about nine years old. I always thought she was beautiful, and she has gone through so many stages in her life. I think she made me feel ok with some parts of myself. I remember when I really wanted to be skinny (because everybody was supposed to be skinny), I would look at pictures of her, and she was curvy and it gave me a sense of ‘that can be beautiful too’. So when I saw Lana, I guess I was ok with the fact that I was never going to be slim, that’s just not my body type. Lana really changed my mindset.
WHY IS THIS OBJECT BEAUTIFUL TO YOU?
I have many gold chains but this one always sticks out to me. Something about it feels like safety to me. I'm uncomfortable without it, and I love gold. I never take it off. It's been with me through everything: every hurt, every feeling.
Colby Smith / Art Department