Billie Eilish was named PETA’s Person of the Year for 2021 on Wednesday (Dec. 1), citing her
“championing animal rights, never staying silent about injustice, and using her influence to push the fashion industry to recognize that cruelty is never in style.”
Eilish is the youngest person in PETA’s history to be named Person of the Year.
“Billie Eilish is making sure that the party’s over for meaty, milky meals as well as for leather, fur, and silk,” said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in a statement. “PETA is happier than ever to celebrate her for seizing every opportunity to point out that vegan fashion and foods are kinder to the animals and the planet we share with them.”
Eilish’s recent fashion and beauty endeavors were cited by PETA as reasons for her receiving the award. The “Happier Than Ever” singer was the youngest chair at the Met Gala in 2021, and she collaborated with Oscar de la Renta on a custom vegan silk-free gown on the condition that the brand refrain from using fur in future collections, which they agreed to. At the event, vegan meals were also available.
The singer revealed via Instagram that the sustainable editions of the singer’s recent Air Jordan shoe collection with Nike were made of “100% vegan with over 20% recycled material.” Eilish’s new perfume, which she named after herself, also contains no animal ingredients and is not tested on animals.
In a May interview with British Vogue, the singer discussed her decision to become vegan. “I learned about the dairy industry and the meat industry,” Eilish mentioned. “I just can’t go on in my life knowing what’s going on in the animal world and not doing anything about it.”
Eilish was one of 20 celebrities honored by PETA earlier this year as the 2021 Most Beautiful Vegan, alongside Lenny Kravitz, Anderson.Paak, Chloe and Halle Bailey, and Lizzo.