Being vegan is everything Billie Eilish wanted. The Grammy award-winning singer has been plant-based for seven years and isn’t shy about speaking out in favor of animal rights.
Eilish grew up vegetarian. Her mother—actor, singer-songwriter, and screenwriter Maggie Baird—is a longtime vegan activist. In March 2020, Baird founded Support + Feed. The initiative provides plant-based meals to people experiencing food insecurity in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia. Eilish is a supporter of her mother’s initiative. Earlier this year, on Baird’s birthday and in honor of Support + Feed’s one-year anniversary, she helped deliver free vegan meals to My Friend’s Place, a charity that aids homeless youth.
The plant-based singer graced the cover of June’s issue of British Vogue sans her signature sweatpants and black and green hair. Instead, she donned a pink Gucci corset and blonde locks. And she had a few words for anyone who doesn’t like her new look: “My thing is that I can do whatever I want,” she told journalist Laura Snapes during the interview.
Billie Eilish on Body Positivity
Throughout the interview, Eilish was a beacon of body positivity. “It’s all about what makes you feel good,” she said. “If you want to get surgery, go get surgery. If you want to wear a dress that somebody thinks that you look too big wearing, f**k it — if you feel like you look good, you look good.”
She added: “Suddenly you’re a hypocrite if you want to show your skin, and you’re easy and you’re a slut and you’re a whore. If I am, then I’m proud. Me and all the girls are hoes, and f**k it, y’know? Let’s turn it around and be empowered in that. Showing your body and showing your skin – or not – should not take any respect away from you.”
The British Vogue issue included a video where a number of celebrities asked the “Bad Guy” singer their most pressing questions.
Actor Orlando Bloom—who says he is 90 percent plant-based—asked Eilish why she decided to forego animal products. “I am vegan. I’ve been vegan for, damn, seven years,” she said. “Once you know that kind of thing and you see it, it’s really hard to go back,” she continued. “And now, even though I have lots of friends that eat dairy and meat and I don’t ever want to tell anybody what to do, I just can’t go on in my life knowing what’s going on in the animal world and like, not doing anything about it.”
Billie Eilish: Being Unapologetically Kind
Eilish is no stranger to using her voice to speak up for others. From discussing animal ethics to promoting body positivity, here are 13 times the singer used her platform for good.
Shutting down ignorance
“I understand that meat tastes good… and I know you think you’re just one person and it ‘won’t change anything if you stop. But that’s ignorant and stupid. If you have half a brain you should know ‘one person’ adds up. Be smarter,” Instagram Story, 2018.
It’s about the ‘animals, bro’
“Animals, bro. I just don’t understand the point. Why would you eat an animal when you could eat some chips. It doesn’t make sense to me. People would sort of come up with excuses, like all animals die anyway. Like bro, we die anyway—you wouldn’t kill me because I’m going to die eventually. That doesn’t make any sense. There are so many different reasons to be vegan,” Montreality, 2018.
Feeling comfortable in her own skin
“I have always supported and f–ked with and just loved when a woman or a man or anyone in the world feels comfortable in their skin, their body, to show just whatever they want. I don’t like that there’s this weird new world of supporting me by shaming people that [may not] want to [dress like me],” V Magazine, 2019.
Living a greener lifestyle
“Extreme weather is wrecking millions of lives. We cannot let this happen on our watch. Up to one million species are becoming extinct because of mankind’s actions. And time is running out. Doing what we can to live in a greener lifestyle like cutting out meat and dairy in your diet and reducing plastic use,” Greenpeace, 2019.
‘I love animals’
“I went vegan like four years ago. There were a lot of reasons. 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. Also, I’m lactose intolerant and dairy is horrible for your skin. And my skin is VERY aware of that,” Tumblr, 2018.
‘My body is mine’
“My body is mine and yours is yours. Our own bodies are kind of the only real things which are truly ours. I get to see it and get to show it when I want to,” British GQ, 2020.
Where’s ‘yo heart at?’
“Just so you know… this is a mink. You [expletive] getting mink lashes and mink slippers disgust me. Where yo heart at,” Instagram Story, 2018.
Meat Free Monday
“I just wanted to say happy birthday to Meat Free Monday. I’ve been vegetarian my whole life, vegan for five years. Help the world—I try,” Instagram, 2019.
Being a role model
“I love having kids relate to me and tell me that I make them feel comfortable in their bodies. If I can do anything, I want to do that,” Vanity Fairy, 2020.
‘It’s a really good time to be vegan’
“Now, we kind of gain weight when we’re on tour because we have so many people, and their whole job is to get us food and make sure that we’re fed and happy and stuff. And going to so many new places. I think it’s a really good time to be vegan, in life, because there’s a lot of places,” Variety, 2019.
A Question for Sir David Attenborough
“Hi, Sir David, it’s Billie here. I wanted to ask you how do you cope with your personal feelings about all the animals that are losing their lives and or going extinct and, or, going extinct? How do you actually deal with that as a human being? I don’t know. I don’t understand,” A Life on Our Planet/Instagram, 2019.
Horses ‘bring me peace’
“Horses are like one of the only things that like bring me peace. There’s barely anything in my life that’s actually like genuinely like brings me to be calm and have peace and joy. So I try to be around horses as much as I possibly can because it just makes me calm and pleasant,” 3voor12 Extra, 2019.
‘I feel sorry for you’
“I keep my mouth shut most of the time about this because I believe everyone should eat and say whatever they want. And I don’t feel the need to shove what I believe in anyone’s face. But man, if you can watch the videos that I just posted and not give a [expletive] that it’s YOU contributing by LITERALLY EATING the creatures that are being fully tortured just for your pleasure. I feel sorry for you,” Instagram Story, 2018.