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Billie Eilish’s video on body shaming proves how toxic comments can be

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Singer Billie Eilish has sparked conversation about body shaming in her new #MyCalvins campaign video. 

Calvin Klein’s latest ‘I speak my truth’ campaign has been considered ground-breaking for including and celebrating bodies of different shapes and sizes that don’t fit the fashion industry’s outdated mould.

Teen singer Billie Eilish is among the high profile faces in the campaign, and her video has sparked conversation around body shaming in the entertainment and fashion industries.

Known for her ‘big, baggy and bold’ sartorial choices, which have become her signature look, Eilish has revealed the real reason behind wearing these clothes.

“I never want the world to know everything about me,” she starts, in the new ad. “I mean, that’s why I wear big, baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath, you know?”

She continues: “Nobody can be like, ‘Oh, she’s slim-thick, she’s not slim-thick, she’s got a flat ass, she’s got a fat ass. No one can say any of that, because they don’t know.”

We applaud Eilish for her candid and, let’s face it, very relatable comments about body shaming. And we’re not the only ones.

A fan wrote: “The fact that @billieeilish wears big baggy clothes so no one can make assumptions, judge, or body shame her makes me love her as an artist and a person even more.”

Another tweeted: “I always figured that’s what it was because I used to hide under big clothes and blankets. :( I love you @billieeilish.”

And a third added: “When Billie Eilish said “I wear baggy clothes so people don’t have to know what’s underneath, they can’t judge.” I felt that.”

But it’s also disheartening to hear that young women still make wardrobe choices to avoid others objectifying and scrutinising their bodies.

As another Twitter user expressed: “The fact that Billie Eilish wears baggy clothes so she won’t get sexualised really says something about our society.”

Of course, Eilish could make a bin bag look cool (much like Daisy May Cooper did on the Bafta red carpet last weekend), so – quite frankly – she can wear whatever the hell makes her feel good. 

Images: Getty and Calvin Klein

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Hollie is a digital writer at Stylist.co.uk, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…