Billie Eilish has always been pretty sure of who she is and who she wants to be but after she posted her first bikini picture, she didn't expect to get such intense backlash.
Keep scrolling to see how much chaos it managed to cause among social media users...
Aged just nineteen, Billie Eilish has taken the music industry by storm.
via: Getty ImagesShe's been writing and creating her own music since she was incredibly young, and has risen to fame with huge hit album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? that was released in March, 2019.
She's known for being somewhat of a quirky character...Billie was home-schooled, so she didn't get the chance to interact with others of her own age apart from her siblings until she started to make waves in the music scene, which has given her something of a unique outlook on the world.
It also gives her music a different sound...
via: Getty ImagesMany are pretty shocked that such a young person could create such hauntingly catchy tunes - and such suggestive lyrics.
Her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, ranked at number 1 on the charts.Most artists have to release a couple of albums and dedicate their lives to promoting their work before they are even recognized as an artist, but then there’s a lucky few, like Billie, who reach superstardom on their first attempt. When the album was released, she wrote, “This album [means] the world to me please take care of it."
But that wasn't even the first time that we saw her climbing the charts...Her introductory EP, Don’t Smile at Me, went all the way to slot fourteen, and has already been awarded gold, an achievement that many artists can only dream of receiving.
But, it's safe to say, Billie is as famous for her image as she is for her music...
via: Getty ImagesShe doesn't dress like your typical eighteen-year-old-girl, that's for sure.
She is known for rocking some pretty wild looks...
Like this full white suit complete with Powerpuff Girl embroidery, which she pairs with some signature tiny sunglasses. Weird - but it kind of works?
Or what about this full green ensemble?
We have to say, love it or hate it, you can't deny Billie's commitment to her look - and that's not something many of us are brave enough to pull off.
And Billie doesn't just experiment with fashion...
She donned silver hair for some time...
via: Getty ImagesIf anything, it was this look that became her trademark around 2017.
And who's ever going to forget about this iconic color combo?
Billie made waves while sporting neon green roots. No one could ever.
And very recently, she's decided to switch it up for a whole other color...
And we're totally living for it.
But it turns out that there's a reason behind Billie's quirky look...
via: Getty ImagesHer choices in fashion - which strongly consist of baggy, oversized clothes - are picked to protect herself from her global audience body-shaming her and judging her on her natural appearance.
Speaking in an interview a few years ago, Billie explained these choices...
"That's why I wear baggy clothes," she said.
"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**,' 'she's got a fat a**.' No one can say any of that because they don't know."
And we honestly don't blame Billie for having this attitude.
via: Getty ImagesBut sadly, people have already attempted to exploit and body-shame the teenager. Even when she was as young as fifteen, online trolls were trying to sexualize her for no apparent reason.
It's terribly sad that the singer has to put up with this treatment...
via: Getty ImagesAnd it is a harsh reality that young women in the spotlight are always targeted by older people.
Many of these perverts have tried to blame her lyrics.
Let me get this straight. Just because there's a line in her song “bad guy" that reads: “bruises on both my knees for you," it's now acceptable to start sexualizing her? I really don't see the correlation here.
Billie has the right to write about whatever she wants...
teenagers, including billie eilish, have every right to talk and sing about sexual topics bc as much as we love to… https://t.co/5i793YkIXR— aj (@aj)1561341484.0
There's no excuse for sexualizing a young woman... Or any woman of any age, for that matter. She was only seventeen when she started experiencing this kind of disrespect.
But, when discussing the topic, Billie has said in the past that she doesn't want to remain covered up forever.
via: Getty"I'm going to be a woman. I want to show my body," Eilish told Elle in an interview last year. "What if I want to make a video where I want to look desirable?"
She said that, upon turning eighteen, she wants the option to sometimes reveal her body.
via: GettyBut she understands the repercussions a move like that could bring. "I know it would be a huge thing," she said in the interview, adding, "I know people will say, 'I've lost all respect for her.'"
Well, in December 2019, the pop sensation turned eighteen.
via: GettyAnd we have been yet to notice any changes in her fashion sense and clothing choices.
Taking to Instagram, the "Bad Guy" singer decided it was time to post her first bikini picture a few months ago.
Who knew this would cause the internet to break down?
So many vile human beings exposing themselves over one simple and innocent picture of a girl and her friends on vacation? From body-shaming to sexualization, people just couldn't help themselves, could they? Disgusting.
Keep scrolling to see the post that caused all the commotion.
Within hours, "Billie Eilish body" was trending on Twitter and horrid comments about her body started pouring in.
ppl on this app are so gross. billie eilish posts one bikini pic and everyone rushes to sexualise her pic.twitter.com/hCY4m5kTXJ— Jo Bradley (@JoLucyBradley) January 11, 2020
A lot of these have since been deleted after they received backlash.
Her fans took to the social media platform to defend her...
i said STOP sexualizing the FUCK out of billie eilish pic.twitter.com/dVmSCKxwam— jas 🦋 (@okjassy) December 19, 2019
people stop sexualizing billie eilish just because shes 18 challenge— maddie ♡ #BLACKLIVESMATTER (@damninates) January 11, 2020
When people ask why I like to wear t-shirts the way I do, Billie Eilish wanna help me out on this one? Being a woman is exhausting when others only see our bodies. I love my body, I don’t need everyone else to so I’ll be comfy + just take it out of the picture. 😇— Stephhh (@Stephanelbow19) March 26, 2021
can y’all cis het men out there stop sexualizing Billie Eilish? It’s disgusting— red 🐉 (@yvngjxnnings) October 14, 2020
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT BILLIE IS THAT SHE GOT BIG FROM HER VOICE NOT HER BODY OR FIGURE. SHES SO AMAZING. SHE DOESNT HIDE EMOTION. SHES REAL. SORRY IM IN A BILLIE MOOD AHHHH @billieeilish I LOVE YOU. also love you @finneas !! thank you, have a good day ahaha 🖤— maddy◟̽◞̽🌻 (@h_sunflower21) March 27, 2021
stop sexualising billie eilish just because she has turned 18— mishayy⁷ is listening (@kiishmiiish) December 20, 2019
STOP FUCKING BODY SHAMING AND SEXUALIZING BILLIE EILISH’S BODY... WTF IS WRONG WITH SOME OF U?? YALL WERE CRAZY OVER NOT SEEING HER BODY AND NOW U DO AND ALL U DO IS JUDGE IT.. SHES FREAKING BEAUTIFUL AND HER BODY IS AMAZING AND SHES CUTE NO MATTER WHAT SHE WEARS— ♡mama rae♡ (@manicnostaIgia) October 14, 2020
LEAVE HER ALONE
Eilish posted a series of photos from a little vacation she had to Hawaii.
Among the 10 posts, there were 2 videos/boomerangs. One of them showed the top half of Eilish while she was having a shower (with a bathing suit on) and the other was a post of her and her friend on a boat just staring at the water.
Here's a snapshot of the first:
And here's the second:
Let's just hope Billie manages to stay as the unbothered, confident queen that she is despite all the creeps out there.
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