In no time, Billie Eilish has become an absolute icon. The star carved her niche as a macabre teen with the haunting voice, giving us goosebumps with hits like “Bad Guy,” “Bury A Friend,” and “Happier Than Ever.” But it’s not just their music that has captivated the world, their unique style has influenced an entire generation. “I’m really different from a lot of people, and I kind of try to be. I don’t like following the rules at all. If someone tells me to do something, I will always do the exact opposite of what you tell me to do,” Eilish told Paper in 2017. “When someone starts wearing something a certain way, I wear the complete opposite of it. I always wore what I wanted and always said what I wanted to say. I’m great, great out there. I try to dress so much more than crazy. I like to be remembered, so I like to look unforgettable,” she added.
However, we’ve seen Eilish experiment with her style over the years, from baggy dark clothing to a complete makeover for the cover of Vogue UK (!) with blonde curls and neutral makeup – but there’s still one thing that we very rarely see from this hitmaker.
Why Billie Eilish hates smiling
You may have been lucky enough to see a rare photo of Billie Eilish with a smile, but essentially this is one star who doesn’t like showing off her pearly whites. A la Posh Spice (aka Victoria Beckham) herself, Eilish has opted for a more direct look in front of the camera, even going so far as to tell Harper’s Bazaar in October 2017, “I hate smiling.” Oh dear. But the star has a pretty solid reason for pursing her lips, which she has done for most of her life. “It makes me feel weak and powerless and small,” she shared, admitting that she knows it probably makes her look very sad. “But you know how when you’re walking down the street and someone smiles at you? You’re forced to smile back, that’s the polite reply. It’s like you have no control over it. If I don’t smile at you.” I’ll think I’m awful. Maybe I’m for thinking that, but whatever. And if you don’t smile at me, we’re good. You can get on with your day,” she added.
In fact, Eilish hates smiling so much, she even titled her 2017 EP “Don’t Smile at Me.” She explained to Ssense in August that the title was inspired by girls in particular who were told they should grow up, something she disagrees with. “I will not look like anyone but what I am. I want to impress myself,” she hit back. you go girl
Billie Eilish’s fans love to see her smile
While we wholeheartedly support Billie Eilish’s reasons why she doesn’t always want to smile, at times the star was just so damn happy she couldn’t help it. Fans obviously love seeing this happiness so much that they’ve even compiled cute videos of her laughing and joking, while Seventeen managed to compile 18 snaps of the star flashing a smile (which, given her huge dislike for it is pretty impressive).
However, over on Instagram, she still appears to be sticking to her decision to only smile on her own terms. Eilish’s hugely popular account is full of stunning snaps of the “Lovely” singer doing her own thing (while looking oh-so-cool), including this upload, which consists of four beautiful selfies taken during a visit to Belgium in June as she showed off her dark hair and stylish bangs. The eye-catching close-ups garnered the star over 8.5 million likes. Yes, 8.5 MILLION likes.
Billie Eilish is indeed a popular woman! But we don’t think she’ll be smiling about it anytime soon… at least not in public.