Women’s History Month: Billie Eilish
Born on December 18, 2001 in Los Angeles, California, Billie Eilish has already made indelible contributions to the music industry at age 19 and has become one of the most reputable idols for young girls and children all over the world.
According to Biography.com, Eilish was raised in a small house where she was homeschooled with her older brother, Finneas O’Connell. She joined Los Angeles Children’s Chorus at the age of eight. Her mother began teaching her how to write songs when she was 11 years old.
O’Connell became involved in helping Eilish produce and write music with her. Eilish released her song, “Ocean Eyes” when she was 13. Eilish’s ethereal vocals took the world by storm, and the song almost instantly went viral on streaming platform Soundcloud.
In 2017, Eilish released her heavily anticipated EP titled Don’t Smile At Me. Songs such as “idontwannabeyouanymore” became an instant success and inspired teenage girls all around the world to love themselves for who they are. With lyrics like, “If teardrops could be bottled, there’d be swimming pools filled by models told, ‘A tight dress is what makes you a wh*re.’” This song develops Eilish’s relationship with her mind and body and being so young in such a chaotic industry.
Due to the success of her first EP, Eilish returned in the spring of 2019 with a full album titled When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? This album was beautifully crafted to tell the story of love, hardships, drug abuse, and letting go. In my personal favorite song off this album “ilomilo,” Eilish dives into the difficulties of being in love. With lyrics like, “Remember not to get too close to stars, they’re never going to give you love like ours. Where did you go? I should know, but it’s cold, and I don’t want to be lonely so show me the way home. I can’t lose another life.”
Eilish went on to release two singles during 2020: “No Time To Die” and “Therefore I Am.” Both of these songs topped charts and made her name even more prominent in the music industry.
Her big moment came during the 2020 Grammys when she became the first woman and second artist to take home the “big four” awards: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.
Eilish also won two awards during the 2021 Grammys and gave incredibly heartfelt speeches to accept them.
The reason Eilish stands out to me is because of her unwillingness to fit in. She goes against almost every single standard for women in music, she doesn’t wear commonly seen clothes for girls her age, and she doesn’t bite her tongue. Eilish is everything young kids should look up to as they grow up.
I will forever look up to Eilish for her stylistic and personality choices. I absolutely adore her.