The 5-time 2020 Grammy winner, Billi Eilish made a strong statement about body-shaming during her last live show in Miami. This is quite unusual and strange for an artist who brought back the coolness of baggie clothes. However, she decided to strip off her top in protest of the ongoing body-shaming practices on her, in the music industry and among the general public.
Billie Eilish has been a subject of body-shaming ever since she earned a permanent spot in the music industry with her overnight hit “Ocean Eyes.” Granted, Billie has come a long way since that life-altering moment in 2016. However, her being a subject of body shaming has barely stopped. A massive controversy sparked over her being called “thick” by a stranger.
“That’s why I wear baggy clothes,” she explains. “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 a*s,’ ‘she’s got a fat a*s’ No one can say any of that because they don’t know.”
Billie Eilish Strips Live in Concert to Protest Body-Shaming
To send out a message in the most straightforward way possible, Billie Eilish showed a video of her stripping off of her top during her live concert in Miami. The crowd went absolutely nuts!
She not only stripped but also had a powerful message to everyone out there;
“You have opinions — about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body.
Some people hate what I wear, some people praise it, some people use it to shame others, some people use it to shame me, but I feel you watching — always — and nothing I do goes unseen.
So while I feel your stares, your disapproval or your sigh of relief, if I lived by them, I’d never be able to move.
Would you like me to be smaller?
Would you like me to be quiet?
Do my shoulders provoke you?
Does my chest?
Am I my stomach?
The body I was born with, is it not what you wanted?
If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I’m a sl*t.
Billie Eilish looks effortlessly cool in baggy clothes, beanies and T-shirts
Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it.
We make assumptions about people based on their size.
We decide who they are, we decide what they’re worth. If I wear more, if I wear less, who decides what that makes me? What that means?
Is my value based only on your perception?
Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?”
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