Billie Eilish reveals how she really felt when paparazzi photos of her in a vest went viral

Jennifer Savin
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Photo credit: (C)Kevin Mazur - Getty Images
Photo credit: (C)Kevin Mazur - Getty Images

Singer Billie Eilish has always been candid about everything from her struggles with self-harm and poor body image, to mental health and the pressures that accompany fame. Now, she's spoken out honestly about how she felt when a series of paparazzi photos of her wearing a form-fitting vest - a departure from her usual oversized fashion choices - went viral last year.

In her new interview with Vogue, in which she also discussed her a radical change of hair colour and style, Billie said that when the images of her were widely circulated and heralded as a step forward for the body positivity community, she didn't want to participate.

"It made me really offended when people were like, 'Good for her for feeling comfortable in her bigger skin'," she said, when recalling her response to some of the well-meaning but misjudged remarks that were made. "Jesus Christ?! Good for me? F*ck off!"

Billie also made the excellent point that she was merely existing when she was photographed (without her consent, it's important to remember) and that she seriously dislikes being put on a pedestal for it. "The more the internet and the world care about somebody that’s doing something they’re not used to, they put it on such a high pedestal that then it’s even worse."

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Although she played a big part in orchestrating how her Vogue shoot would look, Billie also had some interesting words to say on how she thought the public might respond to her wearing a corset, especially in light of the debate stirred up by those paparazzi images.

She said despite being drawn to the artistry of wearing a corset, she also still feels insecure about how her stomach looks. "If I’m honest with you, I hate my stomach, and that’s why," Billie explained, adding that she feels "shallow" for saying so. However, it's likely a statement many can relate to and a thought many of us wrestle with, having grown up in a society loaded with confusing messages about body-type 'ideals'.

To that note, Billie added: "[People might say] 'If you’re about body positivity, why would you wear a corset? Why wouldn’t you show your actual body?'... My thing is that I can do whatever I want."

She continued on to say, "It’s all about what makes you feel good. If you want to get surgery, go get surgery. If you want to wear a dress that somebody thinks that you look too big wearing, f*ck it – if you feel like you look good, you look good."

Keep doing you, Billie. We can't get enough. ❤️

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