Barely-adult Billie Eilish says she “can’t win” against body shaming from online trolls, so can we just give it a fucking rest already?
Billie Eilish is 18. Eighteen. 1-8. One Eight. Barely, BARELY an adult.
The woman can’t even buy herself a damn beer in America, but she’s already copped more body shaming and sexualisation than many of us have faced in our entire lives.
Despite usually opting for baggy clothing in an attempt to minimise comments about her body, Billie has still been sexualised beyond belief, and she’s fed up with it.
If you can remember back to a time before coronavirus forced us all to stay indoors, Eilish made headlines earlier this year for wearing a swimsuit in public. No, not even one of those barely-there bikinis (which is still totally fine), just a regular ol’ pair of swimmers.
For context, these are the photos that were apparently too scandalous for the internet.
In a recent interview with Dazed, Billie discussed her experiences after reading the comments on her swimwear pictures.
“I saw comments like, ‘How dare she talk about not wanting to be sexualized and wear this?!’” she said. “It was trending. There were comments like, ‘I don’t like her anymore because as soon as she turns 18 she’s a whore.’ Like, dude. I can’t win.”
It’s some pretty heavy stuff to be dealing with at just 18-years-old, especially after she discussed exactly WHY she wears baggy clothes back in May last year.
“Nobody can have an opinion [on my body]. because they haven’t seen what’s underneath,” she said in her Calvin Klein campaign in May 2019. “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.”
To put it simply, this is a young woman (barely an adult) who just wants to share her music with the world. She’s going to extreme lengths to avoid people making comments about her body and even she can’t avoid it completely.
It’s 2020. Can we just let Billie Eilish (and everyone else) dress however the hell they want without body shaming them for it?