Billie Eilish released her new song “Therefore I Am” and the corresponding music video this week and fans thought it was the singer’s way of sending a subtle message to her body shamers.
In the music video, Billie could be seen running throughout an empty mall and stopping at a number of fast-food places, including Wetzel’s Pretzels, Chipotle, Hot Dog on a Stick, and a donuts and coffee shop. “Therefore I Am” seems to be a little sassy and definitely aimed at a group of haters. Fans also believe this is why Billie is eating throughout the music video for the song, in order to prove that she doesn’t care what people think about her body. “If you body-shamed Billie Eilish, she is basically laughing at you in the music video for Therefore I Am,” one fan tweeted. “And normalize liking someone more for their personality rather than what they look like.”
Singer Billie Eilish is famously careful with her body, making a conscious decision very early on in her career to wear oversized, baggy clothing in order to prevent it from being used as a tool to either sexualize or shame her, because, let’s face it, that’s what the female body is generally reduced to in our society, and she knows it. “I never want the world to know everything about me,” she explained in the 2019 Calvin Klein campaign. “I mean, that’s why I wear big, baggy clothes: Nobody can have an opinion, because they haven’t seen what’s underneath.”
It’s sad that this is something the 18-year-old has to even consider, but here we are. So, she adopts this approach and covers up. Except that the moment she wears anything even slightly fitted, it becomes a hot topic all over the world. Keeping her body under wraps has backfired; it has cultivated a hunger from our image-obsessed culture to see – to demand to see – what’s underneath.
She was out walking last month when a paparazzi snapped some photos of her wearing a fitted vest top. She looked good, great, even; there isn’t much to discuss on that front. But the photos very quickly did the rounds, and a man on Twitter decided to use the opportunity to body shame her. “In 10 months Billie Eilish has developed a mid-30s wine mom body,” he wrote.
The teenager has never been afraid to stand up to the haters. In May, she released an online version of the short film that played during her 2019 tour, where she stood up to those judging her. In the powerful video, she stripped out of her baggy clothes, while her voice narrated a poem in the background. “You have opinions about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body,” she said. “Some people hate what I wear. Some people praise it. Some people use it to shame others. Some people use it to shame me. But I feel you watching, always, and nothing I do goes unseen. So while I feel your stares, your disapproval, or your sigh of relief, if I lived by them, I’d never be able to move.”