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Billie Eilish’s photoshoot in the new edition of British Vogue has sparked a new debate about how women’s bodies have been sexualised in pop culture for decades.
The 19-year-old singer, famed for her black and green hair and baggy clothing, has been completely transformed for the cover shoot where she resembled a Marilyn Monroe-esque pin-up complete with a Gucci corset, lingerie and elbow-length latex gloves.
The departure from her signature looks coincides with the release of her new song ‘Your Power’ which takes aim at the way underage girls can be exploited and manipulated by abusers.
In her interview with Vogue, the singer said: “Suddenly you’re a hypocrite if you want to show your skin, and you’re easy and you’re a slut and you’re a whore. If I am, then I’m proud”
She added: “Me and all the girls are hoes, and f**k it, y’know? Let’s turn it around and be empowered in that. Showing your body and showing your skin – or not – should not take any respect away from you.”
“Showing your body and showing your skin – or not – should not take any respect away from you.” In British Vogue’s… https://t.co/Qpa12j5mnP— British Vogue (@British Vogue) 1619971940
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Many of Eilish’s fans have been quick to praise the star for being so confident with her body and not listening to the critics who felt that she had succumbed to the attempts to sexualize the star since she was a minor.
Kinda love how billie eilish became confident about her body. Wish more people realized its completely fine to not… https://t.co/6qmOee7pHh— fq (@fq) 1619991327
Remember when people tried to make fun of Billie Eilish for having a “wine mom body”. I bet they simping hard over… https://t.co/50WID0RURA— theblackfreeman😩👌🏿 (@theblackfreeman😩👌🏿) 1619997900
Billie Eilish was being sexualized and demonized over her body/appearance while she was still a minor so her interv… https://t.co/6he5ckE80v— Evan Von Doom (@Evan Von Doom) 1619994037
billie's been super vulnerable and honest recently with the doc, your power, and now this vogue photoshoot. like sh… https://t.co/y5eQ9OrsgQ— vic (@vic) 1619976813
I remember reading about Billie + her reasoning behind her clothing choices (not wanting to be sexualized as a chil… https://t.co/31TWD98SqY— 𝕮𝖔𝖚𝖗𝖙 𝕶𝖎𝖒 💥 (@𝕮𝖔𝖚𝖗𝖙 𝕶𝖎𝖒 💥) 1619971890
god i wish everyone would leave billie eilish the fuck alone full adult men have been foaming at the mouth to objec… https://t.co/s3o5ctrNNO— nina (@nina) 1619976516
I hope people actually take time to read what Billie Eilish said in the Vogue interview and not solely fixate on th… https://t.co/KVaxiUec05— 『Isaiah D. Colbert』 (@『Isaiah D. Colbert』) 1619989266
the way billie eilish was criticized and sexualized as a minor if she wore anything that showed her body shape at a… https://t.co/Dr50bN4T7O— cass (@cass) 1619975578
Elsewhere in the interview, Eilish spoke out against body-shaming and that anyone should be allowed to do whatever they want with their bodies.
The singer said: “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. 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, fuck it – if you feel like you look good, you look good.”
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