Taylor Swift was named Billboard‘s Artist Of The Decade, and at the same time, the publication announced that its Artist Of The Year is another wildly successful pop star: Billie Eilish. In an interview with the publication, Eilish was asked about the challenges she has faced during her star-making past year, and she spoke about being “looked at differently” because she is “a young female artist.”
Eilish said, “I can’t complain about my career. The only thing is — and I know men are going to disagree, because they literally just can’t know — as a young female artist, you are looked at differently. I remember the first time I had a conversation with Clairo; it was about how we were both hated because we were girls, and we weren’t looked at the same [as young male artists]. We just talked about how hard it is to be a young female and be taken seriously.”
— billboard (@billboard) December 11, 2019
At one point, Eilish was worried her career wouldn’t take off because she was a girl, saying, “Right now, there are so many young females who are actually looked at as cool. I remember a year when I was so anxious about my future. I was worried that because I was a girl, people wouldn’t think I was cool or interesting — they would think I was just super basic and lame. And a lot of people do think that, which is whatever. But the majority are giving me a really good reaction and validation for what I do.”
Read the full interview here.