Last month, Billie Eilish made international headlines when she featured in Calvin Klein’s “I Speak My Truth In #MyCalvins” campaign alongside fellow members of young Hollywood including Noah Centineo, Shawn Mendes, Troye Sivan and Kendall Jenner.
While being interviewed for the shoot, the 17-year-old music sensation explained why she always wears her signature loose-fitting clothes.
“That’s why I wear baggy clothes,” she says in the ad. “Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath. Nobody can be like, ‘she’s slim-thick,’ ‘she’s not slim-thick,’ ‘she’s got a flat ass,’ ‘she’s got a fat ass.’ No one can say any of that because they don’t know.”
Just one month later, she was photographed with her baggy jumper unzipped and the internet did exactly what she’d been trying to avoid her whole career: they sexualised her.
After the following pic started to do the ’rounds online, loads of punters began describing her as “thick”, or similar, AKA sexualising a literal teenager.
Billie Eilish is THICK pic.twitter.com/aNSGvJJYOA
— k (@PogbaEscobar) June 22, 2019
While it’s abhorrent that people would ignore her wishes and publicly comment on her body, you’ll be happy to know that her horde of loyal followers have come to her aide with a bunch of defensive tweets in her honour.
billie eilish literally said she wears baggy clothes so she doesn’t get sexualized and the minute she shows some skin y’all sexualize her? gross https://t.co/JXbCz3fDKf
— 2019 Predictions (@2019_predicts) June 23, 2019
Billie Eilish: I wear baggy clothes because I don’t want people sexualizing me & looking at my body like that.
Billie Eilish: *wears fitted shirt ONCE*
Every sex-crazed douchebag on twitter that doesn’t know how to fucking respect women: Billie Eilish THICCCCC
Y’all, fuck off.
— Jill Collis (@jfcollis53) June 23, 2019
— squidward walking type beat (@youngershyne) June 23, 2019
dude, that's gross. she literally has been hiding her body to avoid comments like that pic.twitter.com/b3fMQiyfgV
— taïga [misses bts] (@taigaokami) June 23, 2019
— Gab (@villanuevagab_) June 23, 2019
— Adri ????️????⚰️ (@lifehatesadri) June 23, 2019
She's 17… pic.twitter.com/C18wsGYhpN
— Leaf1999 (@Aliesha1999) June 23, 2019
Despite only being in the spotlight for a short period of time, Eilish has had to deal with some pretty nasty stuff from the public.
During her recent trip to Australia, a fan reportedly groped her at a meet and greet, leading her to issue the following statement on Instagram:
“Pls don’t grab my boobs in the meet and greet,” she wrote. “Keep playing the shit cool but it is very much not.”
Ease tf up, kids.Image: Getty Images