The FADER meets Billie Eilish in her dreamy childhood home in Highland Park, Los Angeles where she’s joined by her close family for an intimate interview and photoshoot, just after she turns 17 and just before her highly anticipated debut album is released into the world. During the shoot stylist Shibon Kennedy gets creative, mixing various SS19 pieces with Billie’s own BLOSH brand and introduces unconventional stylings like a designer ziplock bag, Billie’s Invisaligns, and her own bedroom props for the The FADER 116 spring style issue.
“The shoot was about Billie and her need to be atypical; not fit within the mold of ‘normalcy’,” says Shibon. “I wanted to play with the idea of using the clothing as props or objects to create sculptural compositions, and make it a bit weirder and unexpected.”
In the cover story journalist Meaghan Garvey talks to Billie, who in her teens has already toured the world and collaborated with stars like Khalid and Vince Staples, about her creative art-filled childhood and how it’s shaped who she is today, both the perils and pros of impending adulthood, vulnerability, reoccurring dreams, and admits to really giving a f*ck.
Her debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO is out March 29th, and available for pre-order here.
Billie is the second of three cover stories revealed for The FADER’s forthcoming spring issue, following Blueface. The issue hits newsstands in mid-March, and can be pre-ordered here.
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Key quotes from The FADER’s Billie Eilish cover story
Billie Eilish on her youth and contemplating adulthood:
“But my age is a good thing. People are more impressed if you’re younger and good at something. Half of me doesn’t really want to age, because I don’t really want to not have that...
But I really do wanna be an adult. Growing up rocks. Well, okay: growing up doesn’t rock, but being grown does. Being able to drive? Uhh, fire. Being able to go to the store and just buy the thing that you want? That’s crazy!”
On what growing up does to your psyche:
“Dude, as soon as you turn nine, it’s TRASH. Nine and up is garbage. For me, it was literally nine and then just bad, badbadbad, worse, horrible…Suddenly you hate things about yourself. Before I was nine I wasn’t thinking like, ugh, I’m too fat, are my eyebrows weird? Of course not: I was running around naked and barefoot and tripping and coming up with grass stains on my legs…”
On how her childhood interests made her who she is today:
“I’ll watch home movies of myself and notice that the things that I was interested in when I was three or four are my life now. I loved colors, patterns, and textures. I’d make music videos to my favorite songs. I was always singing, dancing, jumping, and moving — I could never sit still. It’s so interesting to see what I liked then turn into what I am now.”
On how songwriting lets her portray herself however she wants:
“I always wanted to be the bad guy in every game I played. They were the coolest. Obviously, I’m not a bad guy in real life — so let me