Billie Eilish Body has taken a strong stance against body-shamers as new photos of her have circulated online.
On Tuesday night, Chizi Duru, 18, shared a video from her YouTube channel encouraging fans to “start normalizing real bodies.”
“Not everyone has a support group behind them, OK? Guts are normal – especially after breastfeeding,” Duru states in the video. “Instagram isn’t real.”
Eilish shared the clip on her Instagram Story shortly after The Daily Mail published photos of the singer running errands in Los Angeles while wearing a tank top and sweat shorts, rather than her usual baggy style.
On Twitter, some people shared the photos of Eilish’s body and made disparaging remarks about her appearance. One widely circulated tweet apparently came from a 29-year-old man who stated that Eilish had “developed the physique of a mid-30’s wine mom.”
Many others have come to Eilish’s defense, hailing her as “beautiful,” asserting that “all bodies deserve to be celebrated,” and sharply criticizing unrealistic beauty standards.
Others took this chance to repurpose Eilish’s short film “Not My Responsibility,” which artfully critiques body shame, sexism and the unrealistic visual expectations placed upon her.
“Would you like me to be smaller, weaker, softer?” Eilish asks. “Do my shoulders bother you? Does my chest? Am I just what you expected – my stomach, hips – the body I was born with – or is there something else you would prefer?” This conversation continues as Eilish questions whether they would rather her be quiet. “Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? Am I my stomach or chest – is that not what you wanted?”
In April, Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson revealed to Dazed that she began wearing loose-fitting clothing due to feeling insecure.
Eilish said she chose to abstain “because I hated my body.”
In June, she told GQ that she didn’t want anyone to judge the size or shape of her figure.
“But that doesn’t guarantee I won’t make an exception one day and decide to wear a tank top,” she revealed at the time.
Eilish admitted, “Sometimes I dress like a boy. Other times I dress like an overweight swaggy girl. And sometimes I feel trapped by this persona I have created because sometimes people mistakenly assume I am not a woman.”