CelebritiesBillie Eilish (21) experiences being a woman as “a war, always”. “Especially as a young woman in the public eye. It is really unfair,” the superstar says in a candid interview, in which she also says that she has never really felt like a woman.
In an interview with Variety, Billie Eilish opens up about the struggles she experiences as a young female star in show business. In this way, her body is sexualized at every turn, even though she never wanted people to see her curves. That’s why the singer made loose clothing her trademark. “I didn’t want people to have access to my body, even visually. I wasn’t strong and confident enough to show it. If I had shown it at the time, I would have been absolutely devastated if people had said anything about it.” Billie previously said that she suffers from ‘body dysmorphia’, a psychological disorder in which you are obsessed with your appearance and do not consider yourself beautiful enough.
Eilish says in the interview that she never felt wanted, never feminine and never even a woman, really. “I identify as ‘she/her’ and all that, but I’ve never really felt like a girl,” she explains. “I have to convince myself that I am a beautiful girl.” While she grew up with those feelings, Eilish – who made her breakthrough at the age of 14 – also had to deal with the outside world’s curiosity about her body, which was still developing. The rare moments when she did wear tighter clothes ultimately turned out to be fodder for the tabloids.
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“I have big breasts. I’ve had big boobs since I was 9 years old and that’s just me. This is what I look like,” she says. She becomes irritated when she thinks back to the media attention she received when she first dared to wear a tighter top in public at the age of 16. “You wear something that’s even remotely revealing, and everyone’s like, ‘Oh, but you didn’t want people to sexualize you?’” Angry: “You can kiss my ass. I’m also just a being that is sometimes sexual. F*ck you!”
The Variety reporter describes how the singer becomes increasingly agitated and starts a real tirade. Men have it easier, says Eilish, who considers being a woman a ‘war’. “Nobody ever says anything about men’s bodies. If you’re muscular, cool. If you’re not, cool. If you’re paper thin, cool. If you have a ‘dadbod’ (dad body, ed.), cool. If you’re chubby, great! Everyone is happy with it. Do you know why this happens? Because girls are nice. They don’t give a f*ck because we see people for who they are!”
It is not the first time that Eilish has spoken out fiercely to people who have something to say about her body. For example, she once talked about how she lost a hundred thousand followers on Instagram after she posted a sexy photo of herself. She also once made a stand against body shaming while stripping.
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