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Billie Eilish isn’t here for the “slut-shaming” undertones of that baggy clothes commentary

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“I don’t like that there’s this weird new world of supporting me by shaming people,” Eilish said. 

Billie Eilish is killing it.

The teenage alt-pop star has stormed her way through the charts over the last couple of months, with her highly-popular single ‘Bad Guy’ beating summer hit ‘Old Town Road’ off the top spot of Billboard’s top 100 chart after its record breaking 19-week run at number one.

And it’s safe to say that the rest of 2019 has gone pretty well for her, too: Eilish’s debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was released in March to critical acclaim, and she has performed all over the world from Glastonbury to Coachella.

Read any review of Eilish’s performances, however, and there’s one detail that never remains unnoticed: her baggy clothes.

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Speaking in a Calvin Klein advert earlier this year, the singer spoke about why she chooses not to wear tight, revealing clothing – so people won’t make comments about her body.

“I never want the world to know everything about me,” she says in the voice-over for the campaign. “That’s why I wear big, baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath.”

Now, in an interview with Pharrell Williams for V Magazine’s 21st anniversary issue, Eilish has spoken out the positive responses she has received because of her decision to dress in baggy clothes, explaining how, even though people have praised her for “saying no to be seeing sexualised” and refusing to dress in a stereotypically “female” way, that’s not how she sees it. 

“I wear baggy shit and I wear what I want… But of course, everyone sees it as, ‘She’s saying no to being sexualized,’ and, ‘She’s saying no to being the stereotypical female’,” she said. “It’s a weird thing because I know a lot of what I hear is a positive or people trying to be positive about how I dress; how I am never really out there wearing nothing, or wearing dresses. I’ve heard that.

“The positive comments about how I dress have this slut-shaming element. Like, ‘I am so glad that you’re dressing like a boy, so other girls can dress like boys, so that they aren’t sluts’,” she continued. “That’s basically what it sounds like to me. And I can’t overstate how strongly I do not appreciate that, at all.”

Eilish then went on to explain how she supports anyone wearing any style – as long as they’re comfortable in their skin, and encouraged her fans to support anyone no matter how they decide to dress: “I don’t like that there’s this weird new world of supporting me by shaming people that may not want to dress like me.”

Nice one, Billie. 

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