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After a paparazzi image of Billie Eilish made its way to the internet over the weekend, the thing that Eilish anticipated would happen happened—she was criticized for her body. But, of all the things we’re willing to put up with in the year 2020, criticizing an 18 year old for her appearance is simply not one of them, and the internet is shutting down body-shaming trolls left, right, and center.
In a 2019 ELLE Magazine feature, Eilish, who was then just 17, noted that she wears oversized clothing to keep the critics at bay. “I have to wear a big shirt for you not to feel uncomfortable about my boobs,” she said. “I was born with fucking boobs, bro,” and if she wears anything remotely form-fitting, social media instantly reminds her of that, and not in a nice way.
So, when Eilish stepped out during the pandemic wearing a tank top and shorts, it’s sadly unsurprising that she immediately garnered attention.
However, before the troll army could come out in full force, the internet stepped in to stand up for Eilish.
The tweet in question have gotten over 5,000 likes, but the supportive “are you serious?” responses racked up tens of thousands.
body shaming a 18 year old girl must make you feel soooo confident and manly ‼️‼️
— bre (@BCB_G) October 13, 2020
you a grown man hating on a teenager bro
— Jeffery Perkins👻🎃 (@JefferyxBball) October 13, 2020
“Calling out” or joking about Eilish showing more skin than usual is honestly just odd. Body shaming doesn’t do anything but perpetuate toxic beauty standards and damage a person’s self confidence and concept of self worth—and for what?
We’re tired of it. And thankfully, we’re in the majority.