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“I’m not happy with my body”: Billie Eilish on her self-perception
Billie Eilish has just released her long-awaited second studio album “Happier Than Ever”. However, the multiple Grammy winner recently expressed that she is worried about disappointing her fans – after all, she has not been able to see her community in person at concerts in recent months due to the corona pandemic.
Before the release, a lot has also happened to the artist – while she wore wide clothes on stage during the past performances and it was her credo to hide her body as much as possible from the prying eyes of the public, the 19-year-old suddenly appeared on the cover of the American “Vogue” at the beginning of May. On the cover, Billie appeared for the first time permissive in lingerie – and continues this new course in her music videos.
You might think billie is extremely confident in public and feels very comfortable in her skin – but in a new interview with “The Guardian” she showed a completely different side of herself. In conversation, she admitted that she was very dissatisfied with her body.
Billie Eilish also suffers from social media beauty pressure
The American initially referred to the pressure that young people experience through social media. You see perfect people on platforms like Instagram – users strive for a perfect appearance.
Billie said: “If you always stand the same, move in the same way, always wear your hair the same way… It’s such a loss to always try to look good. It’s a loss of joy and freedom in your body.” She knows very well that there is a lot of fake in the influencer business:
“And yet I look at photos like that and think, ‘Oh God, I’m so bad about that.’ And I mean, I’m very confident, I’m very happy with my life. I’m obviously not happy with my body, but who is?”
Singer comments again on body shaming incident
She also alluded to an incident from October 2020 in the interview. At the time, paparazzi photos of the “Lost Cause” singer had surfaced, which she showed for the first time with tight clothing – on the net she was exposed to body shaming comments.
Billie first explained: “When I’m on stage, I have to distance myself from my body ideas. Especially because I wear wide clothes, because you can move better in them and they don’t show everything – they can look very unfavorable.”
Precisely because she has a “terrible connection” to her own body, she has to detach herself from her ideal. The paparazzi photo in question was no help, on the contrary:
“And then a paparazzi photo is taken when I run out the door and just put on something quickly and I don’t know beforehand that a photo of myself could be taken. And then you look at what you look like and everyone just calls me ‘fat’.”
She concluded by wondering, “I mean, we only need our bodies to eat, walk around, and poop. We just need them to survive. It’s ridiculous that anyone cares about bodies at all. Why do we care?”