Billie Eilish has revealed that the reason she wears such big and baggy clothes is down to the fear that she’s going to be body-shamed.
Calvin Klein is no stranger to provocative advertisements. Most of their commercials are revolved around celebrities prancing around wearing close to nothing but their signature underwear products. However, they seem to have broken the mould with their latest ‘I Speak My Truth’ campaign. The campaign is revealed around celebrating bodies of different shapes and sizes that aren’t particularly Hollywood’s ‘ideal’.
One particular advertisement features Billy Eilish, a teen singer who has recently risen to fame at quite an alarming pace. One day she was a simple highschool student, and the next her songs are being played on radios all over the world. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Calvin Klein took the opportunity to feature her as a face for their brand.
Billy Eilish has been known for her big, baggy clothing which has left her the punchline of many jokes and memes on social media. However, despite this becoming her signature look, Eilish revealed in her commercial that there’s a deeper reason to her clothing choices.
In a voice over for her commercial, Eilish explains that she wears baggy clothing so that the world doesn’t know everything about her. She notes that she doesn’t want people to see her body because she doesn’t want them to be able to judge her shape.
Nobody can be like, ‘Oh, she’s slim-thick, she’s not slim-thick, she’s got a flat ass, she’s got a fat ass. No one can say any of that, because they don’t know.Billie Eilish
The response that she’s received just goes to show the problem that our society has with body shaming. Certain users took to Twitter to explain their disheartenment at the fact that Eilish feels the need to hide under her clothing, with other users saying that they could relate to her situation.
Admittedly, Eilish is only 17 years old, so Calvin Klein wouldn’t have been able to feature her in one of their typical commercials without receiving a lot of backlash. However, it’s still upsetting to hear that a young woman with so much talent feels the need to hide herself away from society because she’s scared of what people might think of her.
If this doesn’t tell you that there’s an issue, nothing will. The unfortunate fact is that so many people weren’t surprised at the commercial as they understood the feelings and fears that the singer experiences.
While social media can be good for some things, certain elements of it are definitely breeding grounds of negativity as people feel they can attack somebody just for how they look. Despite the praise that she’s been given over the past year, Eilish still feels the need to protect herself through the clothing that she wears.
If it says anything about the world we live in, it says that we need to start making changes, and soon.