The Plugged In Show, Episode 77: Billie Eilish: The Worldview of Self-Expression

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By now, most folks have probably heard of Billie Eilish, the 19-year-old California singer who’s taken the pop world by storm. In some significant ways, Eilish has built iconoclastic brand by challenging traditional celebrity stereotypes.

That has been especially true with regard to her image. Whereas sultry, skimpy self-sexualization is often the norm when it comes to young female singers, Eilish has largely refused to play that game. Instead, she’s famous for wearing baggy jumpsuits and outfits that couldn’t be further from the pop-singer paradigm.

But Eilish also seems to be a quick study when it comes to another building block for lasting fame: the art of reinvention. Like so many stars before her, she’s changing things up. Eilish recently did a photo shoot for British Vogue wearing, well, let’s just say a lot less than usual. And she defended the change by saying, “It’s all about what makes you feel good.” The magazine’s headline also described the change as an “Internet-Breaking Transformation.”


This week on The Plugged In Show, we talk about Billie Eilish’s changing image, why it matters for teens and how her personal philosophy of self-fulfillment is actually not so different from the many pop stars who’ve come before her after all. So take a listen to Episode 77, and be sure to check out these resources and links related to this week’s show. 

Adam R. Holz

After serving as an associate editor at NavPress’ Discipleship Journal and consulting editor for Current Thoughts and Trends, Adam now oversees the editing and publishing of Plugged In’s reviews as the site’s director. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. In their free time, the Holzes enjoy playing games, a variety of musical instruments, swimming and … watching movies.

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