Billie Eilish and the Importance of ‘Your Power’


Avery Rosenbaum

Billie Eilish broke an Instagram record when she shared her new look for the cover of British Vogue,  one million likes in six minutes. It’s remarkable, yet unsurprising for anyone who’s been following the 19-year-old pop sensation’s journey with body image and the scrutiny of being in the public eye. Billie Ellish has been one of the most successful pop music stars since an early age of 14, when her song Ocean eyes hit number one in 2018. Since then the singer has always struggled with body image issues, and the media’s hate towards her body, but in the past 4 years she has now been recognized as a “body positive” icon. 


Billie stated in an interview that she knows she doesn’t dress like a normal teenager her age would with oversized couture, layers, hoodies, and long sleeves. She said she dresses like that to please herself more than anyone. Last year, the singer opened some of her pre pandemic shows with a short video showing her removing her baggy clothes that included a powerful message about her body and the double standards of women in the music industry. In this new cover shoot, Eilish trades in her classic neon green and black hairstyle for a classic blonde look, channelling pin-ups in corsets and many other extravagant pieces of clothing. Shockingly, she said, she received almost no hate in her decision. 


In an interview, Eilish breaks down her decision to go with this look for the cover shoot, along with the powerful message behind “Your Power,” her new hit song recently released. She added, “I would like people to listen to me. And not just try to figure out who I’m talking about, because it’s not about that. It’s really not at all about one person,” the singer says. “You might think, It’s because she’s in the music industry, no, dude. It’s everywhere.” Elish says one of her goals is to let people know the power behind confidence and that the mindset you only need to please yourself in life, is key. “It’s about taking that power back, showing it off and not taking advantage of it,” she says. “I’m not letting myself be owned anymore.”


Whether or not the song is a personal tale, “Your Power” provides an important message about the power dynamics that are at play in an entertainment industry that put young people in such close proximity with people significantly older and more powerful than them. Many fans are glad Billie is using her platform for more things than any singer her age, could imagine.