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Billie Eilish shows Gen Z at its most encouraging - proof that the kids really might be alright

Ciara O'Connor


 

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Billie Eilish arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Photo: ap/john locher

Billie Eilish arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Photo: ap/john locher

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Billie Eilish

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Billie Eilish arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Photo: ap/john locher

It is a truth universally acknowledged that any human claiming to be relevant in 2020 must have an opinion on Billie Eilish.

The 18-year-old singer has, in the past month, broken records at the Grammys and done a Bond theme. Billie Eilish is hot.

She is almost as famous for her unconventional style, which is to say that she wears voluminous neon streetwear that obscures her body. Billie could have a third boob for all we know. She could be pregnant. She could have put on a couple of pounds. But these are precisely the distractions she avoids. She singlehandedly confirmed Gen-Z to be the most media-savvy and socially literate generation ever. When anyone complains about kids these days, the answer that comes is, "but Billie Eilish".