Billie Eilish fans defend singer after her Vogue cover sparks debate about her body

Billie Eilish fans defend singer after her Vogue cover sparks debate about her body
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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.”

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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.

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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