Billie Eilish Reacts To Being Body-Shamed Over Bikini Pic: 'I Can't Win'

Written by on April 12, 2020

Billie Eilish is a multiplatinum, Grammy-winning teen musical sensation, however, in fact, all anybody can speak about is what she’s carrying. 

The 18-year-old, who prefers to sport saggy garments that cowl up her physique, has confronted public scrutiny over her signature sense of favor ever since she popped up on the music scene. 

However each time she wears one thing out of character ― say, for instance, a completely regular bathing swimsuit ― the trolls come knocking on her digital door with predictably misogynistic vitriol. 

Eilish informed Dazed journal this week that she continues to be being slut-shamed for posting a photograph of herself in a bikini, leaving her feeling like she “can’t win” in within the public eye. 

“’I noticed feedback like, ‘How dare she speak about not desirous to be sexualized and put on this?!’” she informed the outlet in regards to the backlash. “It was trending. There have been feedback like, ‘I don’t like her anymore as a result of as quickly as she turns 18 she’s a whore.’ Like, dude. I can’t win. I can not win.”

The publish from the “Dangerous Man” singer’s journey to Kaua’i, Hawaii, in January is totally innocuous. She’s simply displaying a bit extra pores and skin that common.  

The damaging feedback and her personal wrestle with insecurities points led Eilish to fixate on her self-image.

“There was some extent final yr the place I used to be bare and I didn’t acknowledge my physique ’trigger I hadn’t seen it shortly,” she stated. “I might see it generally and be like, ‘Whose physique is that?’”

“It’s not that I like [my body] now,” she added. “I simply suppose I’m a bit extra OK with it.”

Eilish has been candid in regards to the generally “poisonous relationship” she has together with her physique, saying she has skilled intervals of physique dysmorphia, melancholy and self-harm over time.

She has naturally gravitated towards baggier garments, which Eilish stated has launched issues as properly.  

“If I wore a costume to one thing, I might be hated for it,” she informed Dazed. “Individuals could be like, ‘You’ve modified, how dare you do what you’ve at all times rebelled towards?’ I’m like, ‘I’m not rebelling towards something, actually.’ I can’t stress it sufficient. I’m simply carrying what I wanna put on. If there’s a day after I’m like, ‘ what, I really feel snug with my stomach proper now, and I wanna present my stomach,’ I needs to be allowed to try this.”

Eilish immediately addressed her critics in the course of the kickoff of her “The place Do We Go?” tour in Miami final month, which has since been postponed as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

In a robust video interlude, the singer stated she would “by no means be capable of transfer” if she let all people’s opinions “about my music, about my garments, about my physique” go unchecked.  

“If what I put on is snug, I’m not a lady. If I shed the layers, I’m a slut,” she stated within the clip, whereas eradicating her garments as she lowered herself right into a pool of black water. “Is my worth based mostly solely in your notion? Or is your opinion of me not my duty?”

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