Grammy award-winning artist Billie Eilish has hit out at a body-shaming headline that accused the 19-year-old of “selling out” during her recent British Vogue cover shoot.
Speaking through her Instagram account, which has 84 million followers, the ‘Bad Guy’ singer re-posted an altered graphic from a recent Daily Mail article. The viral graphic was created by writer Emily Clarkson.
Clarkson crossed out the Mail‘s original headline, which read: “‘Proof that money can make you change your values and sell out’: Billie Eilish shocks fans by swapping baggy clothes for lingerie in Vogue – despite years of vowing to ‘hide her body'”.
In Clarkson’s viral post, the writer wrote “fixed it for ya”, crossing out the end of the headline and crossing out the “vowing” line – Clarkson replaces it with the crucial point “of being an actual child”. Later in the post, Clarkson said the word “vow”, which “(implies) she’s committing some mortal sin and (let) her fans down.”
Clarkson began the lengthy social media post by saying: “Honestly where do you start on this?? We collectively GASPED at the strength emanating from Billie in those Vogue images. Full fucking POWER a woman standing up with total body autonomy and showing herself to the world in the way that SHE wanted to.
“She hid her body for years because she didn’t want to be sexualised. She made this decision when she was a CHILD. Because she knew what grownups can be like. These decisions are ones we have all made – ‘school skirts mustn’t be too short or else they’ll distract the boys!!’. She went to those lengths because she had to. But this society – this perverted, fucked up place, couldn’t let that be and they hounded her until they got photos of her body which they published without her consent. Those photos BLEW UP! The news was everywhere. Woman has body!!! It was like she asked us not to sexualise her and they took it as a challenge.”
Clarkson went into more detail about women’s issues with misogyny in society, and how Billie Eilish has made such a strong move, regardless of this, when only still 19-years-old. Clarkson finished the post with “this society is nuts. Keep an eye on it.”
All the furore came in the wake of Eilish’s appearance on the front cover of the June 2021 issue of the iconic fashion magazine. Showing her artistic class, the shoot was the 19-year-old’s concept.
“I love these pictures and I loved doing this shoot,” Eilish posted on Instagram. “Do whatever you want whenever you want. Fuck everything else”.
Eilish even discussed body shaming in the Vogue piece: “My thing is that I can do whatever I want,” she said, before adding: “It’s all about what makes you feel good. If you want to get surgery, go get surgery. If you want to wear a dress that somebody thinks that you look too big wearing, fuck it – if you feel like you look good, you look good.”
The ‘No Time to Die’ vocalist concluded: “Suddenly you’re a hypocrite if you want to show your skin, and you’re easy and you’re a slut and you’re a whore. If I am, then I’m proud. Me and all the girls are hoes, and fuck it, y’know? Let’s turn it around and be empowered in that. Showing your body and showing your skin – or not – should not take any respect away from you.”