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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.
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.
— Jessie Paege (@jessiepaege) October 14, 2020
there is nothing greater in this world than billie eilish being confident in her body, we saw her growing and everything and
i feel more than like a proud mom pic.twitter.com/luW4EfZYkz
— allie (@satisfyineilish) October 14, 2020
the way that porn and social media has taught men that bodies like billie eilish’s are “fat” and not perfectly normal
— jodieeee🧝🏻♀️🧙🏻🧚🏻♂️ (@jodiepork) October 13, 2020
And, uh…are we really going to let a troll get away with thinking “Billie Eilish bad” because she wore a tank top to run an errand when the goddess has five Grammys under her belt? No, we don’t think so.
billie eilish has the most common and not at all unhealthy body. its not her fault there is an unrealistic beauty standard out there that dictates you need to be size 4 or less. She makes music. Her body has nothing to do with the angelic voice she has.
— raging feminist (@crrentlyunav) October 13, 2020
At 18, she swept all 4 general field categories at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2020, making her the first female and youngest artist to do so and the youngest solo act to win the prestigious Album of the Year award.
At your age you are nobody.
— jordan bayne (@jordanbayne) October 14, 2020
Upon seeing the masses come to her defense, Eilish responded by posting a video of herself smiling on her Instagram Stories. She also reposted a video from comedian Chizi Duru, and all we can say is, yes, yes, and more yes.
“I’m gonna be a woman. I wanna show my body,” Eilish told ELLE back in 2019. “What if I wanna make a video where I wanna look desirable?…I know it would be a huge thing. I know people will say, ‘I’ve lost all respect for her.'”
Let’s make sure this doesn’t happen—for Eilish and for every person who feels like they can’t be themselves without facing backlash. If we band together once again, we can absolutely prove them wrong.