Last night, dark pop wunderkind Billie Eilish kicked off her When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? arena tour in Miami. Towards the end of the show, Eilish played a visual that addressed the body-shaming and policing that she has experienced over her the course of her career.
In the video, Eilish is shown removing her t-shirt and she sinks into a pit of black tar before disappearing beneath the surface. “Some people hate what I wear; some people praise it; some people use it to shame others; some people use it to shame me,” she says in the video.
“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?”
Check out footage from the concert below.
Billie Eilish has been plagued with debate and discussion about her body, and the way she chooses to dress throughout her career. In a campaign with Calvin Klein — the singer revealed that she chooses to don herself in baggy clothing as a way to protect herself from being objectified.
“I never want the world to know everything about me,” she says in the video. “That’s why I wear big, baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath.
“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 ass,’ ‘she’s got a fat ass.’”
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