Billie Eilish captured the hearts of fans worldwide when she made an onstage statement about body-shaming.
The 18-year-old artist received an avalanche of positive feedback last month when she released her brand new song for the upcoming James Bond film, No Time to Die.
While she has dazzled audiences in the past with her goth/club-kid crossover style and her angsty pop anthems, Eilish’s most-recent Miami performance will be one for the history books.
Esquire with why women around the world marked this performance as important.
During the show, a clip was played on stage, showing Eilish slowly removing her signature baggy t-shirt, to reveal her bra:
The voiceover accompanying the video featured a powerful monologue by Eilish that tackled the double standards surrounding her body and women’s bodies in general:
“You have opinions about my opinion, 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.
The body I was born with, is it not what you wanted? If what I wear is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I am a slut … 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?”
You go, girl!
Eilish has consistently faced creepy questions, observations, and assumptions that seem to haunt her as a young, female performer.
Eilish explained her frustrations in a recent interview:
“[Even] from my parents, [the] positive [comments] about how I dress have this slut-shaming element. Like, ‘I am so glad that you are dressing like a boy, so that other girls can dress like boys, so that they aren’t sluts.’ That’s basically what it sounds like to me. And I can’t [overstate how] strongly I do not appreciate that, at all.”
Whatever she’s wearing, she keeps raking in those awards.
Haters gonna hate.
Eilish doesn’t seem to care.
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