Syrup fave and multi-Grammy-award-winning teen pop-star Billie Eilish is no stranger to having her body gawked at and criticised, despite being a normal fucking teenage girl. As she’s heartbreakingly said time and time again, no matter what she does, “I can’t win.” If she wears too many layers or baggy clothes—which, FYI, is kinda Billie Eilish’s style—she’s “called out for hiding her body,” but then, if she wears a bikini, she’s slutshamed and treated like a bad role model. And look, if you’re tired of hearing about this, imagine how tired Billie Eilish is?
“Imagine how tired we are. Imagine how tired we are of it” – Rose McGowan and Billie Eilish, most definitely.
Earlier this week, pictures of Eilish emerged, by vulturous tabloids mind you, of her out and about in a tank top and shorts. In the articles about these pictures, people poked and criticised Billie Eilish for not conforming to their idealised standard of a woman. We’re talking about the “petite and slim” mould they had hoped to put the “my future” singer into, which, in case you weren’t aware, is something she’s very publicly protested against online and at her own shows.
“Some people hate what I wear, some people praise it,” she said in a short film that premiered as the intro to her latest world tour in Miami. “Some people use it to shame others, some people use it to shame me.”
“If what I wear is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I am a slut. Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it. Why?”
Fact: the way people perceive her body is “not my responsibility,” as she mentioned earlier this year. Additional fact: she can wear whatever the hell she wants. Sad fact: Apparently that isn’t getting through to some of these no-thought-head-empty rough brains. The 18-year-old, who also just won Top Female Artist at the Billboard Music Awards (!!), recently shared a red-chrome-toned selfie, looking off camera into the distance with a disgusted look at what we imagine are the people behind the disgusting body-shaming language and asking, “do you really want to go back in time?”
Following that, the “bad guy” singer shared an Instagram Reel by YouTuber Chizi Duru about the reality of normal, real bodies, reminding everyone yet again that “Instagram isn’t real” and we have to “start normalising real bodies.”
“Y’all gotta start normalising real bodies, okay,” Duru said in the clip. “Not everybody has a wagon behind them. Guts are normal. Boobs sag, especially after breastfeeding. Instagram isn’t real.”