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Billie Eilish and Eight Youth Activists Talk Climate Justice, Community and Radical Hope on Vogue's January Cover

“I got hurt after making ‘Ocean Eyes'” – Song Eilish uploaded to SoundCloud in 17, anyone who knows her As anyone in the career knows, the song started it all—“So, the music sort of replaced the dance,” she says. Years of lower-body injuries that followed, and just as many misdiagnoses, increased Eilish’s sense of detachment from her own skin before discovering through her athletic trainer, Kristina Cañizares, that she had a condition called hyperactivity disorder.

“What you and I can do will help us,” Baird explained, in the small, cold room lined with guitars and speakers, wearing a black parka, ” Certain types of massage, or chiropractors, for example, could actually hurt her.”

“I feel like my body has been lighting me up for years,” Eilish said. “I had to go through a process where, like, my body is actually who I am. And it’s not trying to kill me.”

Billie shows off this newfound self-acceptance with ease, It wasn’t so much the emotional angst of her early career as a childlike joy. “I love you!” she told 17 over and over again, screaming fans— Many of these young women saw themselves in Eilish — at the first show of her sold-out year-end show in Los Angeles. It so happens that this shift in sentiment comes as the seven-time Grammy winner turns her sights on the larger goal of saving the planet.

“I’ve put in all the effort to try not to appear in front of people,” she said, her voice confident and determined. “Because people don’t respond well to it. It makes the business you believe in look bad because you’re like pissing off everybody.” But she’s trying to educate people. During 2022’s Happier Than Ever world tour, Eilish teamed up with Reverb to create an eco-village at her concert venue, Reverb is a non-profit organization that “greens” the tours of other entertainers and artists, including Maroon 5 and Harry Styles. In these spaces, fans can fill free water bottles, register to vote and learn about environmental nonprofits, with a focus on BIPOC and women-led organizations. “I still haven’t shoved information down people’s throats,” she said. “I’m more like, I’m not going to tell you what to do. I’m just going to tell you why I’m doing it.” She pauses, then lets out a staccato laugh. “But if you don’t, you’re also a bad person.”

Eilish doesn’t limit her commitment to the environment to her live performances. Famously, she received assurances from Oscar de la Renta creative directors Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim when she wore one of their designs With 000-foot train to her first Met Gala at 2015, she joins fellow Gen Z star Timothée Chalamet , Naomi Osaka and Amanda Gorman co-host. “Creatively, the most inspiring thing for me was seeing this 17 year-old powerhouse look us in the eyes and say, ‘I want to do something that makes me Something to be afraid of,'” Garcia recalls, referring to Eilish’s decision to wear a dress with a pronounced bodice. “She inspires me to think outside the box and also to do things that scare me because it usually means we grow from it.” At last year’s Met Gala, Eilish wore an upcycled Gucci, which she collaborated on in a limited edition Happier Than Ever, from virgin pressed vinyl scrap, packaged in a box designed by former creative director Alessandro Michele.



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