6 Reasons To Be Glad Your Kid Loves Vegan "Bad Guy" Billie Eilish
With her less-than-grandma-approved image, and the apparently dark themes present in her music, it may seem reasonable for some parents to be wary of Billie Eilish, the 18-year-old “pop” sensation who’s risen to fame as one of the biggest names in music today.
Dripping in acrylic nail appliqués and designer clothing, and pumping out hit songs with titles like “all good girls go to hell” and “bad guy,” she may not seem role-model material at first take — but let’s look past this book’s cover, shall we?
What follows are six reasons why Billie Eilish, in all her ultra-rich, painfully famous glory, may just be a name in pop you want your kids to look up to.
She’s a Loud-And-Proud Vegan
Given that we are the publication that we are, let’s start here, shall we?
Billie Eilish is a proud vegan and animal lover, from cute-and-furries to creepy-crawlies — and everything in between.
While perhaps a bit heavy-handed in her messaging, the star remains — despite the pressure vegans face to sit down and shut up on the daily — firm on her stance on animal exploitation, as was evidenced by an Instagram story she recently shared featuring a picture of a mink, which she captioned as follows.
“Just so you know…this is a mink. You b*tches getting mink lashes and mink slippers disgust me lol,” she wrote. “Where yo heart at?”
Not always so colorful in her expression, the star took to Tumblr in 2017 to defend animals with a more diplomatic approach.
“I went vegan, like, four years ago. There were a lot of reasons,” the star wrote. “I love animals and I just think there’s no point in creating something out of an animal when the animal is already there. Leave animals alone. Damn.”
Taking these statements, and the tremendous pressure celebrities and, let’s face it, teenagers feel to conform — you have what amounts to one self-possessed young woman right here.
She’s An Environmental Advocate
Not stopping at the statements she’s made in defence of animals, Eilish has also put her celebrity clout to work for the environment.
Last year, she joined forces with fellow vegan celebrity Woody Harrelson to raise awareness of environmental devastation in a video released in collaboration with Green Peace.
This year, she aims to increase sustainability by going green for her 2020 world tour.
That said, this jet-setting, emission-generating teen is unafraid to call attention to even more committed environmental activists, having recently praised teen activist Greta Thunberg for “kicking people’s ass” in a YouTube segment with Vanity Fair.
She’s Her Own Kind Of Momma’s Girl
With her undeniable foul mouth (personally, #hereforit) and an image perhaps best described as Goosbumps glam (here for that, too), Eilish doesn’t exactly read as the big softy she does, with time, expose herself to be.
One of the most immediately apparent signs of the sheer amount of love this rough-and-tumble teen has pouring out of her is her relationship with, and the way she talks about, her mom.
Taking a characteristic pass on what so many teens seem to do — namely, putting approximately a cosmic lightyear between themselves and their parents in public while being sure to maintain a facade of perpetual embarrassment — Eilish is unabashed in her celebration of her mom. (Aw.)
Whether this be in pulling her on stage at her Spotify album release party so she could sing to her on her birthday or the tears that came to the young star’s eyes as she listened to her mom share the “mind blowing” experience of watching her kids come into their creative own during a segment for The Late Late Show last year, the love and appreciation is clear.
She’s Best Friends With Her Brother
As if her bond with her mother were not cute enough, Eilish’s relationship with her big bro is the kind many parents dream of for their littles.
Despite the four years between them, Finneas is not only her partner in music, but her very best friend. Taking a look at the pair’s relationship, it’s easy to understand why.
Not only did he just as well deliver on a promise she says he made in jest less than five years ago — to make her “the biggest pop star in the world” — then love and respect between the pair is clear.
“I think he’s the only reason I’m anywhere, in the whole world,” Eilish said, at a recent Variety event. “He’s probably the only reason I’m alive.”
Finneas’ response was just as heartfelt.
“There’s a lot of, like, bullsh*t articles about me now, about how I’m not just Billie Elish’s brother — and just being Billie Eilish’s brother is all I ever wanna be. I love Billie more than anything else,” he said, turning toward his sister. “And I’m so grateful to you, and I love you.”
As far as I’m concerned, the pair can drop all the F-bombs they want as long as they keep this sh*t up.
The Gratitude Attitude
While Eilish has shown herself to be a confident artist and professional — no easy task for young people in or out of the spotlight today — she remains humble and grateful, always.
Not only does she consistently call to attention what her family have done for her, and what they continue to do for her every day, she is profoundly appreciative of her fans.
“I genuinely did not think people would care. I can’t even stress it enough. I can’t believe people care so much — about me,” she told Vanity Fair. “It’s crazy to me.”
In the same interview, she shared how her attitude has changed around the lifestyle her career has granted her.
“I like this life that I have. I like being famous. It’s very weird but it’s very cool. I feel like I can say that now because I used to hate it,” she said. “I hated doing press and I hated being recognized and I hated — kind of everything that had to do with it. There’s a lot in fame that’s f*cking gross and horrible and just miserable but I’m very grateful for it. It’s really rare, and I’m very lucky so I’m so done with complaining about it.
“I complained about it for so long.”
The Beat Of Her Own Drum
At the end of the day, Eilish is a young woman who appears absolutely hellbent on marching to the beat of her own (f*cking) drum.
Whether it be through the unabashed love for her family, her choice not to drink, her veganism, her unapologetic confidence, or even through opting to wear baggy clothes — which she affirms is to ensure others don’t feel entitled to have an opinion on her body — she is doing her, with a sense of self awareness that you don’t always find in the rich and famous, let alone in those not old enough to drink.
Oh — and the music? It’s just music. A bad guy, judging by the evidence, Billie Eilish is not.
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