Billie Eilish responds to trolls who criticised her body in her tank top photos
1 December 2020, 11:33
In October, photos of Billie running in a tank top incited horrible comments from trolls.
In October, photos of the 'Therefore I Am' singer wearing a pair of shorts, sliders and a tank top started circulating the internet. Billie looked absolutely fine, of course, but she was soon subjected to judgemental comments about her body shape from trolls. Billie's fans then defended her against the body shaming.
Billie has now opened up about the incident during her annual interview with Vanity Fair. Billie was asked what was the biggest rumour that she had heard about herself. She responded: "There's this picture of me running from my car to my brother’s front door on like a 110 degree day in a tank top. And people were like, 'Damn, Billie got fat!' And I’m like, 'Nope, this is how I look, you've just never seen it before!'"
As you know, Billie has previously spoken before about wearing baggy clothing to avoid the comments about her figure. But it's something she shouldn't have to do.
Billie seems to have taken the unwarranted backlash all in her stride, though. She added: "I think yeah, the reason people are looking up to you is because you’re you. They're not looking up to you so that you’ll tell them something that you never actually tell them. They’re looking up to you so that you tell them something that you would tell them yourself. 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 want to do that."
Watch Billie Eilish's Vanity Fair interview here.
This wouldn't be the first time Billie has been forced to defend herself against against body and slut shamers. In a short film on YouTube titled Not My Responsibility, Billie explained: "If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I'm a slut. Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it. Why?"
She continued: "We make assumptions about people based on their size. We decide who they are, we decide what they’re worth. If I wear more, if I wear less, who decides what that makes me? What that means? Is my value based only on your perception? Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?"