Billie Eilish is one of the most popular and successful young artists in the world. She is known for her unique and personal music, which often deals with themes of identity, body image, and mental health. One of her most popular songs is “What Was I Made For?”, which is about the pressures of being a young woman in today’s society.
The song opens with Eilish singing, “I’m a barbie girl in a barbie world / Life in plastic, it’s fantastic!” These lyrics are a reference to the popular Barbie doll, which is often criticized for its unrealistic portrayal of beauty. Eilish is using the Barbie doll as a metaphor for the pressures that young women face to conform to a certain standard of beauty.
The song’s chorus is even more powerful. Eilish sings, “What was I made for? / To be admired and adored / To be a part of a game / To be bought and sold / To be a doll that goes nowhere / To be a toy that’s thrown away / To be a body that’s used up / To be a soul that’s broken down.” These lyrics are a stark indictment of the way that young women are often treated in society. Eilish is asking the question of what she is supposed to be, and she is not afraid to answer that she is not going to conform to anyone else’s expectations.
Eilish’s message about self-acceptance is a powerful one.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Eilish said that she wrote the song because she was “tired of being told what [she] was supposed to be.” She said that she wanted to write a song that was “real and honest about what it feels like to be a young woman in today’s world.”
“What Was I Made For?” is a powerful song that speaks to the experiences of many young women. Eilish’s message of self-acceptance is one that is important for all of us to hear.