Billie Eilish Strips Off At Concert To Protest Body Shaming
She's known for donning oversized, baggy clothing, but Billie Eilish had fans cheering when she stripped off to her bra during her Miami show on Monday night in order to protest body shaming.
Having previously stated she wears baggy clothing to avoid being sexualised, the 18-year-old took a poignant stand against those who continue to do so.
Prior to her performance of “All The Good Girls Go to Hell”, Eilish played a video showing visuals over ambient music, in which she stripped off several layers of clothing.
"If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I’m a slut. Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it. Why? We make assumptions about people based on their size."
She continued, "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?”
At the conclusion of the clip, the "Bad Guy" singer removed her tank top to expose just a black bra.
According to The Guardian, Eilish's full monologue read:
Do you really know me? 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 sighs of relief, if I lived by them, I’d never be able to move. Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller? Would you like me to be quiet? Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? Am I my stomach? My hips? 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. Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it. Why? You 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?
It's not the first time the young superstar has addressed body shamers.
In an interview with Pharrell Williams for V last year, she spoke out against the bias when it comes to how men and women are perceived by how they dress.
"It’s a weird thing because I know a lot of what I hear is a positive or people trying to be positive about how I dress,” she told Williams.
“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," she continued.
"And I can’t [overstate how] strongly I do not appreciate that, at all.”
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