If 2017 was the year of feelings, then Bea Miller’s big heart has been beating for all of us, and the 18-year-old singer songwriter from New York isn’t self-conscious about slaying her sensibilities, whether they’re sappy or sunny. Bea’s (short for Beatrice) latest musical endeavor radiates musings from a self-discovery journey, one she divided up into chapters of music that signify different phases of her life—feeling lonely, finding herself, and fueling her happiness—all of which Gen Z’s know too well. With a turnt track record of opening for major crooners like Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, and Selena Gomez, and most recently, writing a song called Brand New Eyes for the film “Wonder” starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, released last week, Bea is making it big time in music. We sat down with the sky-rocketing starlet to talk tunes, turning points, and tresses—keep reading to get to know Bea better and crush on her three fun, fiery new looks from Justine Marjan.
Give us a rundown of the music you’ve been releasing this year.
I’ve been grouping and releasing my music in chapters based on whatever color the songs make me see. The three colors of the three chapters are blue, red, and yellow, which are primary colors, so we’ve been playing off that a lot. They signify different chapters of my life.
Do you have a favorite chapter? What do they mean to you?
Chapter One: Red is my favorite in terms of feeling and energy, and the music itself. Two of my top five songs are on that chapter. Chapter One: Blue, includes three songs I wrote when I was feeling down, lonely, and when I didn’t really know myself. Chapter Two: Red, I wrote when I was so angry at myself for being sad for so long, so I empowered myself to pick myself up, dust myself off, be better, feel better, for me and other people around me. Chapter Three: Yellow, is the aftermath of standing up for myself, being happy and realizing that happiness comes from the inside. You have to be your own number one fan. When you face and conquer one problem, you’re better faced for the next.
Was there a moment or turning point that helped you move through the chapters?
I’ve been getting myself out of my box a lot recently. I get depressed when I stay in one place for so long so it’s been about finding a balance between surrounding myself with the right people at the right moments and knowing when I need to be by myself and reflect.
Lorde said 2017 is the year of feeling things. How did you get so in tune with your feelings?
I’ve always been really aware of how I feel. I’m a very emotional person, too emotional at times. When I do feel, it’s very intense and I think that comes out a lot in my music. I either don’t care about something at all or I really care about it which is kind of frustrating because there’s no in between. I’ve been like that my whole life. I’m inspired by my own life and the people in it, and I constantly reflect on my own thoughts.
Do you have any memorable stories about fans relating to your music?
No crazy, outlandish things that strike me, but when a fan comes up to me and human to human tells me, “This music is really important and I want to thank you for doing what you do,” when they talk to me like we’re two old friends—those are the fan encounters that stand out to me.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done to your hair?
I went through a phase when I was 13-15 years-old where I was really into punk bands and I wanted to be cool and edgy so I chopped all my hair off. It was buzzed in the back and longer in the front. I bleached it and dyed it bright, neon in-your-face blue. Then I made it multi colored, with blue, green, purple, and pink stripes—it was a whole striped situation. Then I went back to the blue and let it fade into teal. Then I did platinum blonde. I get bored really easily so I change my hair quite a bit.
What was your favorite look from today?
The short, blonde wig with bangs because it was cool to see myself blonde again, I haven’t been platinum for about two years. Whenever I do a red carpet now, I’m gonna call up Christian [Marc] and say, “You gotta bring some wigs, we’re gonna have fun!” I’d love to try a bubblegum pink wig next.
How do you style your hair when the glam squad isn’t around?
Oh my, I’m the laziest person when it comes to my hair. A lot of times I’ll wait until my hair is damp then I’ll French braid it as tight as I can until the bottom, sleep on it, and in the morning it’ll be wavy. Or I pull the classic bun look a lot, the I’m-not-trying-hard messy bun but in reality you tried really hard. You know that look? That’s my go-to.
Favorite hair products?
Any kind of leave-in conditioner because I’ve bleached my hair and the bottom four inches of my hair are damaged.
What’s one hair trend you hope goes away?
There are a few women who have pulled it off, but the micro bangs I’m not a huge fan of. I wouldn’t be upset if that one went away.
Who is your celeb hair crush?
There’s this one random girl on Instagram I saw who has natural, beautiful hair that goes all the way down to her ankles. I don’t know her name or anything about her, I just saw her on Instagram one time and stalked her for an eternity. There are girls who have hair that goes to their ankles. They’re killing it! I’d never be able to accomplish that. I don’t now how you pee or do anything, but they got it, they know what they’re doing.
Crew: Photography by Mike Rosenthal; Hair by Justine Marjan; Makeup by Ashley Holm; Wardrobe by Madison Guest; Creative Production by Ashley Alanis.