Billie Eilish is a superstar with more than 67 million followers on Instagram, a number 1 album, and a Bond theme tune under her belt all by the age of 18.

Despite this, many people focus on Billie’s clothing and appearance instead. It’s been well documented how Billie likes to wear baggier clothing, and she has commented previously about her discomfort when people talk about her figure.

The teenager has been photographed out and about in a tank top and shorts, and trolls have been posting horrible remarks about her.

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Fans have come to her defence, with one tweeting: “body shaming a 18 year old girl must make you feel soooo confident and manly”.

Another writes: “What compels you, a thirtysomething man whose business is on “hiatus”, to try to shame a clever, talented, successful and rich young woman with a brilliant future ahead of her, hmmmmm? Honestly, I can’t imagine.”

She filmed an intro for her world tour that appeared to be a commentary on exactly this, called NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY.

In it, she talks about body shaming that she’s experienced previously.

“You have opinions about my opinions; about my music; about my clothes; about my body. 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, 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. “

She continues:

“Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller? Would you like me to be quiet? Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? Am I 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. Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it. Why?”

What can be done about trolls?

 

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