"I didn’t want people to have access to my body, even visually," Eilish says of her baggy clothing choices. "I wasn’t strong enough and secure enough to show it."
Billie Eilish has an eloquent two-word message for all the body-shamers with thoughts about her fashion choices: "F--- you!"
In truth, the "Happier Than Ever" singer has many choice words to share with her haters, and spoke quite a few of them while delivering an epic rant about the criticism she's received for veering away from her signature baggy clothing.
"I have big boobs," the 21-year-old said in a recent interview for Variety's The Power of Women issue. "I've had big boobs since I was nine years old, and that's just the way I am. That's how I look." Reflecting on the media frenzy that followed a photo of her at 16, wearing a tank top, Eilish explained that her frustration isn't with her own body but those who label her a hypocrite for changing her style.
"You wear something that's at all revealing, and everyone's like, 'Oh, but you didn't want people to sexualize you?'" With a scoff, she gave her response to the trolls: "You can suck my ass! I'm literally a being that is sexual sometimes. F--- you!"
Continuing the rant, Eilish added, "Nobody ever says a thing about men's bodies. If you're muscular, cool. If you're not, cool. If you're rail thin, cool. If you have a dad bod, cool. If you're pudgy, love it! Everybody's happy with it. You know why? Because girls are nice. They don't give a f--- because we see people for who they are!"
Foreseeing discussions surrounding her body, Eilish took special care to control the narrative from the onset of her rise to fame, at just 15 years old. Her signature sense of style included big, loose, and baggy clothes, which she hoped would restrict access to her body.
"I wasn't trying to have people not sexualize me," she explained. "But I didn't want people to have access to my body, even visually. I wasn't strong enough and secure enough to show it. If I had shown it at that time, I would have been completely devastated if people had said anything."
Ahead of her 2021 album Happier Than Ever, Eilish tried something new: she debuted blonde hair and a revealing pin-up-inspired look in a British Vogue photo shoot. But she was later criticized and said she lost 100k Instagram followers. Eilish has since reflected on the reaction and earlier this year, the Grammy-winner slammed the "bozos" who take issue with her feminine style choices.
"I spent the first 5 years of my career getting absolutely OBLITERATED by you fools for being boy-ish and dressing how i did & constantly being told i'd be hotter if i acted like a woman," Eilish, 21, wrote. "And now when i feel comfortable enough to wear anything remotely feminine or fitting, i CHANGED and am a sellout.. and 'what happened to her' oMg iT's nOt thE sAmE biLlie she's just like the rest bla blah… you guys are true idiots."
She concluded: "i can be BOTH you f–--ing bozos. LET WOMEN EXIST!"
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