General Article Billie Eilish and the battle against sexualisation

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Life & Style Writer Amy Larsen examines Eilish’s unique style in light of the sexualisation of young celebrities.

By Amy Larsen, 1st year English Literature student

Billie Eilish took home four Grammys at the recent 2020 awards show, making her the second artist ever to win all four of these categories in one night. As a young artist Eilish has already achieved so much in her career, with her album, ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ remaining at number 1 in the Official Charts for 3 weeks. Eilish writes and records music with her brother Finneas O’Connell and rose to fame after ‘Ocean Eyes’ was uploaded to SoundCloud and went viral in 2015. Eilish was just 14 at the time.

As a result of her success, Eilish has grown up in the public eye and only recently turned 18. Fame and success brings with it judgement, criticism and in many cases trolling online. Despite her undoubted talent as an artist, Billie Eilish is by no means immune to this type of judgement and has been subjec...

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