The singer wants to set the record straight on why she wears baggy clothes.

By Faith Brar
August 21, 2019
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Billie Eilish's signature style has been a huge topic of discussion in the media. The 17-year-old singer is known for her loud fashion choices and has often been praised for crushing dated stereotypes of what young, successful female pop stars can look like.

In a recent interview with Pharrell Williams for V Magazine, Eilish said she's often complimented for not "sexualizing" herself by choosing to wear baggy sweatpants and "boyish" accessories in lieu of crop tops, short dresses, and what many people would consider more "feminine" clothing.

But for the first time, Eilish revealed that how she dresses has nothing to do with that concept whatsoever.

"The positive comments about how I dress have this slut-shaming element," she told Williams. "Like, 'I am so glad that you're dressing like a boy, so other girls can dress like a boy so that they aren't sluts.' That's basically what it sounds like to me. And I can't overstate how strongly I do not appreciate that, at all." (Related: The Eyebrow Product Billie Eilish's Makeup Artist Uses to Create Her Signature Brows)

Eilish's decision to dress the way she does is simply a personal preference—not a big statement about how women are often over-sexualized.  "The way I dress is very not necessarily feminine or girly, or whatever," she told Williams. "I don't say, 'Oh, I am going to wear baggy clothes because it's baggy clothes', it's never like that. I wear what I want to wear."

For Eilish, fashion is all about feeling good, and she recognizes that that looks different for everybody. "I have never ever looked at a girl who feels comfortable in her clothes, body, and skin and thought, 'Ew, that's gross, she is showing too much,' or, 'I wish people wouldn't wear that,'" she said. "I have never in my life felt that way." (Related: Billie Eilish Opens Up About Her Struggles with Body Dysmorphia and Depression)

Her style is all about being herself—period. There's no deeper, groundbreaking meaning behind it. "I have always supported and f*cked with and just loved when a woman or a man or anyone in the world feels comfortable in their skin, their body, to show just whatever they want," she said. "I’ve always been a person that wants to dress loud. I've always wanted people to look up at me, I've always wanted people to notice me. I'm just walking around dressed how I always wanted."

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