Dealing with criticism on social media can be tough and celebrities face it almost every day as everything they do is captured by the paparazzi and shared on social media. The scrutiny that they face can be demotivating but sometimes celebrities speak out and stand up for themselves.
How singer Billie Eilish deals with the body shamers
In 2020, American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish left a message for the body shamers on her Instagram story as paparazzi photos of her in a camisole and shorts in Los Angeles went viral and got a lot of attention on social media. Billie Eilish was known for wearing baggy clothes because she doesn’t want people to sexualize her.
On her 2020 Instagram story, Billie Eilish reposted blogger Chizi Duru’s TikTok. The blogger says this in the clip:
“Y’all gotta start normalizing real bodies, okay? Not everybody has a wagon behind them, okay? Guts are normal; they’re normal. B—bs sag, especially after breastfeeding. Instagram isn’t real.”
Billie Eilish has talked about this issue in the past
In ELLE’s October 2019 issue. Billie Eilish talked about her style and her thoughts on some people praising her for setting an example of how young girls should dress so they aren’t sexualized. She then explained that the baggy clothes were not because she was insecure but because of society’s problem and inability to resist sexualizing young women. She said “The point is not: Hey, let’s go slut-shame all these girls for not dressing like Billie Eilish, it makes me mad. I have to wear a big shirt for you not to feel uncomfortable about my b—bs!”
She also added that people should expect her style to change as she gets older. “I’m gonna be a woman. I wanna show my body,” she said. “What if I wanna make a video where I wanna look desirable? Not a p*rno! But I know it would be a huge thing, I know people will say, ‘I’ve lost all respect for her.’’”
Other famous celebrities have also raised their voice on this issue
Famous celebrities like Demi Lovato, Lizzo, and Rihanna, have responded to unnecessary comments about their bodies. When Beyoncé was just 18, she wrote a song called “Bootylicious” as a reply to all the comments she’d been receiving about her fluctuating weight at the time. In an interview with Shape magazine, Beyoncé said “I wrote that because, at the time, I’d gained some weight and the pressure that people put you under, the pressure to be thin, is unbelievable. I was just 18 and you shouldn’t be thinking about that”.
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