Billie Eilish returned to Vanity purse for the sixth year of her annual interview with the publication. This year, she said she’s “in a good place in my life right now,” citing her improved relationship with her body as one of the catalysts of change.
The 20-year-old has talked a lot about her body during her years in the spotlight, tackling her signature style of oversized clothing in the past and experimenting with more feminine silhouettes. The evolution of her style, she said, has a lot to do with body image, with which she has a complicated relationship. Lately, she’s focused on changing that.
“I’ve had a really big transformation with my fitness lifestyle this year and it’s been a really insane process,” she said in the video. “I feel better about myself than ever before, which makes me proud. I’ve worked really hard at it. And I just really want to be f***in’ buff, I just want to be buff. Yeah, so hopefully next year am I torn.”
It’s not the first time Eilish has talked about her recent love of fitness. She spoke to Zane Lowe about it in an interview for Apple Music in late September, saying she’s turned into a “gym rat” since her last tour.
“It changed my life. I started training really hard in May. But especially when I came back from Europe, I started working out in a gym for the first time, and every day,” she told Lowe. “That wasn’t something I did and it’s become such an incredibly big part of my life and it makes me feel so much better as a person.”
Eilish’s increasingly positive outlook is vastly different from how she’s talked about her body in the past. “My relationship with my body has been really terrible since I was 11,” she told the Sunday Times in June.
The singer and her body received a huge amount of attention in June 2021 when she appeared on the cover of British Fashion wearing a corset. “I lost 100,000 followers just because of the boobs,” she said Elle about the mixed reactions to the photos. “People are afraid of big breasts.”
In the end, revealing more of herself has allowed her to embrace it in turn.
“I hated how I looked at first,” she said in an interview with the Observer in December 2021. “I don’t love it now, but I feel a little more confident and have become much more proud of who I am.”
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