Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, then you’ve probably heard Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” on repeat. The track has spent three straight weeks at Number One on the Rolling Stone Top 100 Songs chart and it has amassed more than 37 million streams.
But the woman behind 2021’s first viral bop is more than just a talented singer, she’s also dedicated herself to supporting eco-friendly and sustainable fashion.
January 2021 closed with Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” at the top of the charts but we should also be paying attention to her for many other reasons as well.
At just 17-years-old, Rodrigo’s powerful voice and lyrics have dominated the charts, with more than 81 million video views on Youtube and the #1 spot on US and Global Spotify charts.
She broke the record for the most requested song ever in one day on Alexa and the made the biggest first-week streaming debut ever on Amazon Music.
The song is also number one in Pandora’s Trendsetters chart and, of course, number one on Billboard, who named “Drivers License” as one of the most dominant number ones of the last 30 years!
The track captures the power of young passionate teenage love that makes everything feel so definitive and so tragic.
And she’s got the attention of many people, including Cardi B who Tweeted about the song.
However, the thing that catches our attention the most is her awareness of social issues and her concern for the environment. Rodrigo has repeatedly demonstrated her support for the Black Lives Matter movement on social media and spoken out in solidarity with George Floyd and his family.
She’s also conscious about the environment and even incorporates that compassion into her style choices.
In an interview with Popsugar, Rodrigo’s stylist, Laura Sophie Cox, revealed the 17-year-old’s interest in eco-friendly fashion. “She’s only 17, but she has this huge passion for sustainability. It’s really exciting and refreshing to see,” Laura said. “We share the same love of Depop, thrift stores, vintage, and she has a great sense of style.”
Among the eco-friendly designers she endorses are Stella McCartney, Maggie Marilyn, and Lizzie McQuade. But she realizes that not everyone has access to high-end labels – especially not teenagers in Olivia’s age group. For Gen Z, Laura recommends using an app called Good on You to get a breakdown of your favorite brand’s eco-footprint up close.
This young woman has proven that regardless of age, it is important to stand for the right causes and to use her platform to send positive messages and raise awareness on important issues.