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Billie Eilish Makes Powerful Statement About Body Shaming During Concert Interlude

Billie Eilish has truly had one of the biggest success stories in the music industry. After winning in all four big categories at the Grammy’s and charting number one with her album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” Eilish has already had a career most just dream about; and she’s only 18-years-old. 

Eilish started her world tour this week in Miami, Florida, and she kicked it off with a powerful statement about body image, social media, and society’s obsession with how someone looks. Eilish has always been criticized for the way she dresses, often in baggy designer clothes that are five times bigger than her actual clothing size. She’s been very public in the past over why this is; as her entire career so far has occurred while Eilish was still under the age of 18, and she hated the idea of older individuals judging her and objectifying her body, especially as an underage individual. 

During an interlude between songs at the first show, a video clip of Eilish appeared on the massive screens illuminating the stage. The clip showed her in a black sweatshirt as soft lighting illuminated different parts of her body. As the lighting faded in and out, Eilish began taking off her sweatshirt and then shirt, while a powerful monologue from Eilish herself played in the background. 

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“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. 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?” she said.

Eilish has also recently been very public with the fact that it’s impossible to live in the spotlight and not feel like you’re being constantly scrutinized for your choices as an entertainer and individual. At last month’s Brit Awards, she admitted to feeling very hated, and went on to say in a speech, “So while I feel your stares, your disapproval or your sighs of relief, if I lived by them, I’d never be able to move.”

As the interlude concludes, Eilish is heard criticizing society’s obsession with celebrities body types, and leaves the audience with a question before beginning her next set; “Is my value based only on your perception? Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?” As previously stated, this isn’t the first time Eilish has been public about her anger over the double standard of how the media talks about male artists versus female artists. 

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“I wear what I want to wear, but of course, everyone sees it as ‘she’s saying no to being sexualised’ and ‘she’s saying no to being the stereotypical female’. The positive [comments] about how I dress have this slut-shaming element, and I can’t [overstate how] strongly I do not appreciate that, at all, I don’t like that there’s this weird new world of supporting me by shaming people that [may not] want to [dress like me],”  she said to V magazine in 2019.

Eilish is among many female artists who have always expressed their disappointment in how much the industry still focuses on image and overall aesthetics. Recently, Lizzo took to Tik Tok to criticize the app itself for body shaming her by deleting her posts whenever she poses in a swimsuit. Taylor Swift also recently discussed her past struggles with an eating disorder in her new Netflix documentary Miss Americana. 

Individuals like Eilish, Swift, and Lizzo are using their massive platforms to speak out against outdated patriarchal views of how the typical female artist “should look,” as there is no one way, and the real focus needs to be on the music they create. Eilish has become the youngest individual to clear out all big four categories at the Grammy’s, and is the first artist in general to do so since the 1980’s, but sure, keep judging her baggy designer pants. The full transcript of Eilish’s interlude speech is below: 


“Do you really know me? You have opinions about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body. 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 sighs of relief, if I lived by them, I’d never be able to move. 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 what I wear is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I am a slut. Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it. Why? You make assumptions about people based on their size. We decide who they are. We decide what they’re worth. If I wear more, if I wear less, who decides what that makes me? What that means? Is my value based only on your perception? Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility”

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Billie Eilish’s “Unintentional” Rise To Fame

Billie Eilish has truly come into her own within the past year. Not only did she recently become the first artist since 1981 to win in all of the big four Grammy categories (best new artist, album of the year, record of the year, song of the year), she also is the youngest artist to do so at just 18-years-old. Her ethereal voice, production quality, and intense lyricism has given her a career larger than most artists could ever dream of. She’s never shied away from the fact that throughout it all, it’s just been her and her brother Finneas, who also won Grammys for his work in production, making music in their bedroom. 

It seems as though Eilish really came into the scene and took over within a matter of minutes. Her rise to fame was just as fast as her mainstream chart success. Her entire family has also always been very much involved in the industry, so while it’s no surprise that she was able to find her way into the spotlight, it actually all happened by accident. 

For some background, Eilish was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the birthplace of most of America’s greatest entertainers. Her mother is Maggie Baird; a singer/songwriter as well as an actress. Her IMBd page credits her for co-writing and starring in the movie Life Inside Out, as well as voicing one of the characters in Mass Effect 2, a popular video game series. 

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Eilish’s father also has his fair share of Hollywood accolades. Patrick O’Connell was also in the movie Life Inside Out; along with Eilish’s older brother Finneas, they definitely made entering into the industry a family affair. O’Connell is also known for his roles in popular TV shows and movies such as Iron Man and The West Wing. 

Eilish’s parents were in the industry, working behind the scenes as well, long before either Billie or Finneas were born; so when it came to creating a home environment that emphasized creativity and the arts, Patrick and Maggie knew exactly what they were doing. The two homeschooled both kids starting early on in their lives as a means of allowing their kids to explore the creative sides of themselves. It wasn’t long until Finneas and Billie realized that they were both musically inclined. 

Eilish herself loved performance from a very young age due to her parents method of raising both her and her brother. One of their goals with homeschooling the kids was to make them both career-oriented but in a field that they were truly passionate about; and they were definitely successful in doing so. 

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At just 8-years-old Billie was already singing with her local choir and enrolled in multiple dance classes. Finneas, the now Grammy-winning songwriter and producer, was also already fully engaged with the behind the scenes aspects of music from an early age, creating the perfect recipe for success for the two siblings. 

By the time she was 13, Eilish was recognized by all her creative-arts teachers as a talented force to be reckoned with. So much so that one of her dance teachers asked her to write a song for a choreographed dance performance. With the help of her brother Finneas, Eilish wrote the now insanely popular track, “Ocean Eyes.” 

Once the two completed the track, they uploaded it to SoundCloud; a popular music-streaming site that most artists trying to make it upload their music too. Eilish uploaded the song onto the platform as an easy means to share it with her dance teacher, however, listeners had other plans, as the song went completely viral within its first 24 hours of being uploaded. 

The rest is truly history for Eilish’s career. After her initial SoundCloud success, Eilish and her brother continued to upload a few tracks onto the platform, including other now-popular songs like ‘Six Feet Under’ and ‘B****es Broken Hearts.’ Soon after she was signing a record deal and releasing her first EP, ‘don’t smile at me.’

Although her career has already become one of the greatest success stories in the music industry, Eilish says it’s still just her and her brother making music together at home and hoping everyone likes it. Based off the last year alone, I think it’s safe to say this is just the beginning for both Billie and Finneas.