Billie Eilish was objectified for wearing a tank top and fans are defending her

24 June 2019, 13:10 | Updated: 24 June 2019, 16:04

Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

"Billie Eilish literally said she wears baggy clothes so she doesn’t get sexualised and the minute she shows some skin y’all sexualise her? Gross."

The internet is currently in full Billie Eilish defence mode after the 17-year-old musician was objectified by a Twitter user after being photographed in public wearing a tank top.

If you know Billie, you'll know that her signature aesthetic involves a lot of baggy clothing. She's rarely seen in public or on stage wearing anything other than that, for reasons she explained in a recent Calvin Klein ad.

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So when a tweet which included a picture of Billie in a tank top alongside the comment "Billie Eilish is THICK" went viral over the weekend (June 22), it was rightly - and swiftly - called out by thousands and thousands of people who all came to defend the teenager.

Why does Billie Eilish wear baggy clothing?
Why does Billie Eilish wear baggy clothing? Picture: Mat Hayward/Getty Images

In a recent project with Calvin Klein, Billie opened up about why she wears such baggy clothes all the time. "I never want the world to know everything about me. I mean, that's why I wear big baggy clothes," she said in the ad.

"Nobody can have an opinion because they haven't seen what's underneath. You know? Nobody can be like 'oh, she's slim thick. She's not slim thick. She got a flat ass. She's got a fat ass.' No one can say any of that because they don't know. "

It's heartbreaking to know that a 17-year-old feels like she has to wear baggy clothes in order to not be objectified by the public - and it only makes this tweet even more infuriating.

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People began quote tweeting the original tweet and calling out the user who posted it. A huge amount of those tweets went viral, with some gaining over half a million likes within 24 hours.

The original tweet hasn't been deleted and follow up tweets have also been posted, further objectifying Billie in pictures when she was just 14 years old.

Can you image being 17 and having strangers on the internet commenting and thirsting over your body after you've specifically said that you dress a certain way to avoid that exact thing happening? It's disgusting and it shouldn't be happening.

In an interview with Marie Claire, Billie also opened up about the negative side of the astounding levels of fame that come with her success. "Fame is horrible. It’s worth it because it lets me play shows and meet people, but fame itself is fucking dreadful," she said.

Honestly... #ProtectBillieEilish2k19