Billie Eilish is addressing negative comments she received after sharing footage of herself wearing a bathing suit earlier this year. While the 18-year-old singer is known for her baggy designer outfits and has spoken out in the past about her toxic relationship with her body, she’s not hiding underneath oversized tees 24/7.
But in a new interview with Dazed, Eilish says she got backlash when she’s gone out in more revealing looks. ” I saw comments like, ‘ How dare she talk about not wanting to be sexualized and wear this?” the Grammy winner says of the response to photos showing her wearing a tank top on a hot day last year.
And when she included footage of herself wearing a one-piece swimsuit during her trip to Hawaii in January, she says commenters tried to shame her.
It was trending, Eilish says of the swimsuit shot. There were comments like, I don’t like her. In March, Eilish addressed the constant scrutiny over her body and loose-fitting wardrobe by including footage of her stripping down to a bra top during her concert, in a voiceover, the teen hit out at the unsolicited opinions and assumption made about her. You have opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body, she said.
BILLIE EILISH – Some people hate what I wear, some people praise it. Some people use it to shame others, some people use it to shame me. But I feel you watching always. And nothing I do goes unseen. So while I feel your states, your disapproval or your signs of relief, if I lived by them, I’d never be able to move, she continued. Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller? Would you like me to be quiet? Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? Am I my stomach? My hips? The body I was born with, is it not what you wanted? If what I wear is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layer.