As Usual, Billie Eilish Has The Perfect Response To Body Shamers
In case Billie Eilish hadn’t made it abundantly clear before now, she’s not here for body shaming. Period. And yet, when she was out in Los Angeles this week wearing beige shorts and a matching tank top, negative comments about the 18-year-old circulated online.
Never one to allow women to be shamed in any way, the multi award-winning musician made her feelings about it known with the perfect response. Taking to Instagram, she shared Chizi Duru’s short video on body shaming. “Y’all gotta start normalising real bodies, okay? Not everybody has a wagon behind them, okay? Guts are normal – they’re normal. Boobs sag, especially after breastfeeding. Instagram isn’t real,” the clip begins. “Instagram has warped a lot of y’all into thinking NORMAL bodies are abnormal. NO,” Duru captioned the post on her own Instagram.
Eilish, who won two awards at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards this week, shared a photo on Instagram with the caption: “Do you really want to go back in time?” Which some fans took as a reference to the previous body shaming she’s been unfairly subjected to. Back in March, Eilish presented a powerful video about body image at the start of her set in Miami. In it, she removed her top as she lowered herself into a pool of tar-like black liquid, while saying the powerful words: “You have opinions about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body,” she said. “Some people hate what I wear, some people praise it. Some people use it to shame others, some people use it to shame me.”
She continued: “If what I wear is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I am a slut. So while I feel your stares, your disapproval or your sighs of relief, if I lived by them, I’d never be able to move.” The singer also addressed perception of body size in the clip, too. “Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller? Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? Am I my stomach? My hips? The body I was born with, is it not what you wanted?” she asked.
Eilish, whose signature style usually consists of oversized ensembles, submerges herself completely in the black liquid in the video, which concludes: “Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it. Why? You make assumptions about people based on their size. We decide who they are. We decide what they’re worth.” Now, she has reiterated the same message loud and clear.
Eilish in Chanel at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood last year.
© Amy Sussman
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