Billie Eilish kicked off her world tour with emphatic effect as she addressed the sensitive topic of body shaming with a powerful spoken word monologue.
The 18-year-old singer, who has long been the subject of uncomfortable questions surrounding her choice of clothes and, at times, the sexualisation of her body after an innocuous picture of her wearing a tank top inexplicably went viral on social media.
Taking to the stage at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Eilish took the decision to address the issue with a powerful video played in between songs. “You have opinions—about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body,” she says while seemingly removing her baggy clothes in the clip. “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.”
She continues: “So while I feel your stares, your disapproval or your sigh 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?”
Eilish continues to ask: “Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? And 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.”
See the clip, below.