Billie Eilish released a powerful video of herself taking her clothes off last month and it truly took the internet by storm.
But it seems that the young singer is furious with the media's reaction to her metaphorical video...
Aged just eighteen, 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 her 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 in 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.
Her most recent single Everything I Wanted has been a huge success...And we must say, it is an incredibly beautiful song.
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 out-there looks...
Or what about this full green ensemble?
And Billie doesn't just experiment with fashion...
Her neon-green roots seem to have become her trademark...
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 last year, 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.
This girl literally said “bruises on both my knees for you” , “might seduce your dad” BUT I’M ONE WHO’S SEXUALIZI… https://t.co/iyObDoi4af— k (@k)1561326693.0
Billie has the right to sing 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
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 last year, the pop sensation turned eighteen...
via: GettyAnd we have been yet to notice any changes in her fashion sense and clothing choices.
The video was initially showcased during the interlude of her concert...
via: GettyAnd it showed Billie slowly taking off her clothes alongside a powerful message voiced by the singer.
In the video, Billie can be seen standing in an over-sized black sweater.
via: InstagramAnd, narrating the video, the singer's voice can be heard questioning everyone who has ever body-shamed her.
Billie then starts to slowly remove layers of clothing.
via: InstagramHer narration starts by saying: "You have opinions about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body."
Billie's speech moved on to discuss her own personal experiences with fame and body-shaming, as she said:
via: Instagram"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."
And, as she gradually removes more clothing and exposes her chest in a plain black vest, she questions:
via: Instagram"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 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?"
Billie can then be seen fully removing her shirt and standing motionless in a black sports bra.
via: InstagramThe video is drawn to a close with the simple questions: "Is my value based only on your perception? Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?"
The video has received a tremendous amount of praise...But, despite the positive effects her video will undoubtedly have on millions of people all over the world, there is actually something incredibly heartbreaking about it.
How has it come to this?
via: GettyHow has it come to an eighteen-year-old girl having to release a video about her own body?
Though the video was incredibly moving and contained a powerful message, the fact remains that Billie shouldn't have had to make it in the first place.
via: GettyHer body is no one's business but her own. Period.
And now, the singer herself has expressed her own anger over the media reactions to her video.GQ, she said: "I felt very motivated to do it. Although, of course, the Daily Mail headlines the next day ran 'Billie strips to her bra in new tour visuals'. I thought, 'Are you actually deadass?' How predictable."
She was angry about the use of the word "stripping."
Billie's video was a beautiful expression of her own personal feelings towards how shes portrayed as a woman...
via: GettyAnd the fact that Billie was described as "stripping" is truly disgraceful.