Billie Eilish left a message to bodyshamers on her Instagram Story today after paparazzi photos of her in a camisole and shorts out in Los Angeles spread and got attention on social media. Eilish is known for wearing baggy clothes in part because she doesn’t want people to sexualize her.
On her IG Story, Eilish reposted blogger Chizi Duru’s TikTok. Duru says in the clip, “Y’all gotta start normalizing 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.”
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Eilish herself spoke to ELLE in its October 2019 issue about her style and her thoughts on some people applauding her for setting an example of how young girls should dress so they aren’t sexualized. She explained then that the baggy clothes were because of society’s problem and inability to resist sexualizing young women, not because she was insecure.
“The point is not: Hey, let’s go slut-shame all these girls for not dressing like Billie Eilish,” she said. “It makes me mad. I have to wear a big shirt for you not to feel uncomfortable about my boobs!”
Eilish commented on one example when she was wearing a tank top in Nashville, someone took a photo of herself, and it went viral on social media. “My boobs were trending on Twitter!” she shrieked. “At number one! What is that?! Every outlet wrote about my boobs!”
“I look good in it,” she added, laughing. “I was born with fucking boobs, bro. I was born with DNA that was gonna give me big-ass boobs.”
She said that her breasts have gotten her slut- and body-shamed in the past, and that’s why she covers them. “I was recently FaceTiming a close friend of mine who’s a dude, and I was wearing a tank top. He was like, ‘Ugh, put a shirt on!’ And I said, ‘I have a shirt on.’ Someone with smaller boobs could wear a tank top, and I could put on that exact tank top and get slut-shamed because my boobs are big. That is stupid. It’s the same shirt!”
She added that as she gets older, people should expect her style to change. “I’m gonna be a woman. I wanna show my body,” she said. “What if I wanna make a video where I wanna look desirable? Not a porno! But I know it would be a huge thing,” Eilish said. “I know people will say, ‘I’ve lost all respect for her.’ ”
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