Teen pop sensation, Billie Eilish, has talked in length about what she thinks about her body and how people these days are faking themselves to look in a certain way under pressure from social media.
The 19-year-old global singer got instant popularity with her first album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which grabbed five Grammys.
A revered personality, Billie has a long relationship with controversies, mostly for the lyrics of her songs, her dressing sense, and of course, her bold statements. And, her recent interview is no different.
“I see people online, looking like I’ve never looked, And immediately I am like, oh my God, how do they look like that?,” she said in a recent interview with The Guardian.
Loss of joy and freedom
Billie refers to one of her childhood incidence when she talks with her dad about “a certain type of person who’s so insecure, or hyperaware and self-conscious, that they never move in a weird way, or make a weird face, because they always want to look good.”
She reveals how she feels sad about it, because in her view thinking and behaving like this is such a loss of joy and freedom about the body; a loss which is more prevalent in young women. She even goes on to say that she knows that the so-perfect-looking Insta-friendly images are actually unreal.
“I know the ins and outs of this industry, and what people actually use in photos, and I actually know what looks real can be fake. Yet I still see it and go, oh God, that makes me feel really bad. And I mean, I’m very confident in who I am, and I’m very happy with my life… I’m obviously not happy with my body…but who is?” she is quoted as saying.
Body shaming is upsetting
Billie knows how to dissociate herself from these ideas about her body when on stage. She says she has to do this because she has a “terrible relationship” with her body. However, the idea comes to haunt her soon after her paparazzi pictures surface. When asked how she looks, everyone says, “Fat!”. This really upsets her.
She expresses her displeasure over this idea of body. Bodies, as she said, are meant to “eat and walk around and poop”. According to her, one needs a body to survive. She finds it ridiculous to stress a body so much just because some people want them like that. “Like, why? Why do we care? You know, when you really think about it?” she adds.
She also has to say a lot about hair like why it is so important to take care of body hair while it’s “cool and pretty” to carry a huge of amount of it on our heads.
Billie also opened up on how this immense social pressure of looking in a certain manner could even affect those at privileged positions. She admitted to have suffered from depression during her adolescent years primarily because of her body insecurities. She was so insecure that she considered taking her own life. However, she was able to deal with this grave situation with patience, courage and will power.
And she believes everyone is capable of doing it.
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