Anyone who knows Billie Eilish is of course familiar with her signature sense of fashion. She has always been seen wearing baggy clothes and has always had people comment on it. She mentioned in an interview with British GQ, that her body image issues started from not feeling ‘desired’ in her past relationships.
“Sometimes I dress like a boy. Sometimes I dress like a swaggy girl. And sometimes I feel trapped by this persona that I have created because sometimes I think people view me not as a woman,” Eilish said.
Body image is something that Billie has always talked about, as she herself has been subjected to a lot of insecurities from herself and hate from others.
In 2019, in a Calvin Klein ad, she explained her reason for dressing up in baggy clothes. “That’s why I wear big, baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion, because they haven’t seen what’s underneath.”
Recently, after seen wearing a tank top instead of her signature baggy clothes, she was trolled and body shamed on the internet.
“There is this picture of me, running from my car to my brother’s front door, in the like and 110-degree day in a tank top, and everyone is like ‘Damn, Billie got fat!’ and I’m just like no, this is just how I look, you’ve never just seen it before,” said Eilish, in her recent interview with Vanity fair.
She later shared a video of Youtuber Chizi Duru, in which she is encouraging people to start normalizing real bodies.
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Billie Eilish went outside in clothes she felt comfortable in and received media press coverage everywhere and body-shaming comments and people have the audacity to ask her why she wears baggy clothes all the time?? That is why.
billie eilish went outside in clothes she felt comfortable in and received media press coverage everywhere and body shaming comments and people have the audacity to ask her why she wears baggy clothes all the time?? THAT is why.— hol ʚ♡⃛ɞ (@hol0801) October 14, 2020
In the same interview with Vanity fair, the one she has been doing every year on the same day for the past 4 years, she was asked if she thinks her messaging on body image has a positive effect.
“I think, that’s not really for me to decide. I love having kids relate to me and tell me that I make them feel comfortable in their bodies. If I can do anything, I wanna do that.”
Earlier this year, she also posted a powerful short film called ‘NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY’, where she talks about the body-shaming she has gone through and how people expect her to be like.
“Some people hate what I wear, some people praise it, some people use it to shame others, some people use it to shame me” Eilish narrates in her voiceover.
She got a lot of love and support from her fans for this and they took to social media to call out the body shamers and urged others to understand her message.
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