Billie Eilish has shared why she decided to disguise her body while starting her career, stressing that there wasn’t any need to focus on abstaining from being sexualized but rather about protecting herself from judgment.
The seven-time Grammy winner, known for her loose dress, explained in a new interview the reason why:
“I wasn’t trying to have people not sexualize me,” she added, “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.”
The 21-year-old singer also admitted in the interview to battling with feeling “desirable” and “feminine”. Billie recalled the public’s reaction to her wearing a tank top at 16, highlighting the ongoing scrutiny she faced regarding her body.
She stressed that her decision to hide her body wasn’t established in dismissing her sexuality but rather in keeping away from the possibly destroying effect of public remarks.
Addressing the media’s focus on her body, Billie Eilish expressed frustration with the double standards between how women’s and men’s bodies are discussed. The Singer told ‘The Outlet’ in an interview,
“I have big boobs. I’ve had big boobs since I was nine years old, and that’s just the way I am. That’s how I look,” she added, “You wear something that’s at all revealing, and everyone’s like, ‘Oh, but you didn’t want people to sexualize you? you can suck my ass! I’m literally a being that is sexual sometimes. Fuck you!”
She argued that women face serious criticism regardless of their body type, while men’s bodies receive less scrutiny. The Academy Award winner 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,” she continued “They don’t give a fuck because we see people for who they are!”
Billie passionately defended the right to express her sexuality, asserting that being a sexual being is a natural part of life and should not be subject to judgment.
She underscored the need for a more positive and inclusive approach to how bodies, especially women’s bodies, are perceived in the media, emphasizing the importance of seeing people for who they truly are.