Billie Eilish has shared a video of a woman discussing normalizing real bodies on her Instagram Stories as her fans defend her over a body-shaming comment on Twitter.
An account—purportedly belonging to a 29-year-old British man—shared a picture of the 18-year-old singer wearing shorts and a tank top, rather than her signature baggy clothing. The picture was captioned: “In 10 months Billie Eilish has developed a mid-30’s wine mom body.”
However, Eilish took to her Instagram to respond to the trolling. She shared a video of her walking past her awards and smiling, followed by a video featuring YouTuber Chizi Duru talking about normalizing real bodies and how the images we see on Instagram are not always real.
In the video, which has more than 5 million views, Duru says: “Y’all gotta start normalizing real bodies, okay. Not everybody has a wagon behind them, okay? Guts are normal—they’re normal. Boobs sag, especially after breastfeeding. Instagram isn’t real.”
Eilish, who has dealt with comments on her body since her rise to fame, said that she wears baggy clothes to prevent people from commenting on her body. Even before she turned 18, another picture of Eilish in a tank top went viral and the singer asked people to stop sexualizing her.
Now, a new photo of Eilish wearing a tank top has sparked fresh body-shaming comments. But fans were quick to come to Eilish’s defense, sparking a discussion about why some men continue to criticize women’s bodies.
Jessie Paege said: “Billie Eilish is beautiful! PLEASE, do not body shame her, or anyone for that matter. Body shaming is not ‘news’ or ‘gossip’ it’s HARMFUL and UNACCEPTABLE.”
Billie Eilish is beautiful! PLEASE, do not body shame her, or anyone for that matter. Body shaming is not â€œnewsâ€ or â€œgossipâ€ itâ€™s HARMFUL and UNACCEPTABLE.
— Jessie Paege (@jessiepaege) October 14, 2020
Twitter user Jodie said: “the way that porn and social media has taught men that bodies like Billie Eilish’s are ‘fat’ and not perfectly normal”
the way that porn and social media has taught men that bodies like billie eilishâ€™s are â€œfatâ€ and not perfectly normal
— jodieeeeðŸ§ðŸ»â€â™€ï¸ðŸ§™ðŸ»ðŸ§šðŸ»â€â™‚ï¸ (@jodiepork) October 13, 2020
One Twitter user said: “When I see people tweet about Billie Eilish’s body it screams ‘i’ve never been with a woman’,” while another wrote: “The way grown men are on this bird app talking about an 18 year old’s body like this is truly sinister, go to jail you creeps”
Another responded to the Twitter trolling by sharing Eilish’s short film tackling body shaming, ‘Not My Responsibility’, which first aired at a concert in March, before being released on YouTube in May.
In the video, Eilish says: “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.”