Billie Eilish 'Angry' At Reaction To The Video Of Her Taking Off Her Clothes
Billie Eilish has revealed that she wasn't impressed with some media coverage of a video where she takes off her clothes - in a protest against body shaming.
Eilish, now 18, has always been outspoken about body image, the media's handling of it and the impact it has on teenage boys and girls.
The short film, which was played just before the last song of her live show when she toured in March, makes a critical stand against the toxic culture created by some media outlets.
In an interview with 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.
"First off, I am not stripping. The whole point is that I don't strip all the way to my bra as it's gone before you see it - it's not yours to see. I mean, that s*** is all over Pornhub.
"I mean, I understand it. That s*** is hot..."
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Having been in the spotlight since she was 14 years old, Billie has grown up being scrutinised by strangers, and says she often feels like her identity can't change as she's become an adult.
She added: "Sometimes I dress like a boy. Sometimes I dress like a swaggy girl. And sometimes I feel trapped by this persona that I have created, because sometimes I think people view me not as a woman. That tour video was about all that.
"It is me saying: look, there is a body underneath these clothes and you don't get to see it. Isn't that a shame? But my body is mine and yours is yours. Our own bodies are kind of the only real things which are truly ours. I get to see it and get to show it when I want to."
The ever-growing spotlight on her brings pressure with it, and the singer has taken aim at those who judge her body and how she dresses in a video which she debuted at a concert in Miami on 9 March.
In the video, she can be seen slowly unzipping her top while her voice-over says: "I feel your stares, your disapproval."
She then proceeds to remove her top as the voice-over outlines the impossibility of pleasing everyone as a young female artist, the crowd screaming all the while.
She says: "If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I'm a slut."
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