Pop Singer Billie Eilish wasn’t thrilled with the comments that started pouring in, applauding her body shape after photos of her in a tank top went viral, she told in British Vogue. The Daily Mail published photos of the 19-years old singer wearing a form-fitted tank top and shorts when she was running errands in Los Angeles in October last year. The pictures immediately went viral as it wasn’t everyday fans got to see the Bad Guy singer in anything apart from her signature baggy clothes.
The photo received both good and bad responses. Not only did the comments that body-shamed Eilish bother her, but the praises to her body also disturbed her.
“It made me really offended when people were like, ‘Good for her for feeling comfortable in her bigger skin. Jesus Christ?! Good for me? F— off! The more the internet and the world care about somebody that’s doing something they’re not used to, they put it on such a high pedestal that then it’s even worse,” she told British Vogue.
Eilish reshared a video from YouTuber Chizi Duru that talked about people needing to “start normalizing real bodies” shortly after the Daily Mail released her photos.
Two months later, during her Vanity Fair interview, she addressed the buzz around the paparazzi viral pictures. She brought up the pictures when she was asked the biggest rumor she had ever heard about herself. The rumor was that the photos were taken when she was in a tank top on a 110-degree day.
“Everyone’s like, ‘Damn, Billie got fat! And I’m like, ‘Nope; this is just how I look! You’ve just never seen it before!'” she told Vanity Fair.
Eilish had started wearing oversized clothes because she was battling hate for her body. Eilish had gotten slightly comfortable with her body with time. Her body, most especially her stomach, is her deepest insecurity. Hence she chose corsets for the British Vogue photoshoot.
The Grammy-winning singer had expected the criticism that would come from her decision to wear a corset on the British Vogue cover. She knew people would ask her why she wasn’t showcasing her real body if she promotes body positivity and why she was hiding behind a corset.
However, Eilish has chosen to follow the path that makes her feel the best about herself and not worry about judgment. “My thing is that I can do whatever I want. It’s all about what makes you feel good. If you want to get surgery, get surgery. If you want to wear a dress that somebody thinks that you look too big wearing, f— it — if you feel like you look good, you look good.”