Music superstar Billie Eilish takes the cover story of i-D Magazine‘s Fall 2021 The In Real Life! edition lensed by fashion photographer Glen Luchford. In charge of styling was Alastair McKimm, with set design from Gideon Pointe, and casting direction by Samuel Ellis Scheinman for DMCASTING. Beauty is work of hair stylist Benjamin Mohapi at The Benjamin Salon, and makeup artist Rob Ramsey at A Frame Agency using Bite Beauty.
Time is priceless. It’s underrated and under appreciated. I think success, for me, is joy. I’ve learned recently that if you do these things because they’re a cool idea, they pay a lot of money, or they’re gonna get you this big campaign, but they make you miserable? That’s not success. It’s different if you really care about something and the process is miserable but it makes you happy after the fact. Then that’s valid, and worth it. But why make yourself miserable? Success is internal. It has nothing to do with anyone but yourself. Joy and love for yourself. – Eilish
I think that’s what a role model needs to be. It should be realistic. The problem is when people have unattainable role models, or dream of an unattainable life, or an unattainable face and an unattainable body, and that’s not healthy, for kids especially. We’re all real people. I think when people see celebrities on the internet, or social media, they don’t see them as real people or human beings – and I catch myself doing this too – they see them as characters. When really we’re all just random people in our cars trying to keep it together. – Eilish
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