Billie Eilish has sparked a debate after revealing the reason why she chooses to wear baggy clothes in a recent ad campaign.
Starring in Calvin Klein’s latest ad campaign, dubbed “I Speak My Truth In #MyCalvins”, Eilish uses the platform to reveal exactly why she makes the fashion decisions she does – and it starts with her not wanting the world to know everything about her.
“That’s why I wear baggy clothes,” she says in her voiceover for the ad. “Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath. Nobody can be like, ‘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.”
Watch the ad below:
The sentiments Eilish shares in the new ad mirror those expressed in her NME Big Read interview from earlier this year.
Saying that the industry “is fucking horrible,” she claimed that there was a double standard operating in the world of music and entertainment. “If I was a guy and I was wearing these baggy clothes, nobody would bat an eye,” she explained. “There’s people out there saying, ‘Dress like a girl for once! Wear tight clothes you’d be much prettier and your career would be so much better!’ No it wouldn’t. It literally would not.”
Sparking a debate, there are fans supporting Eilish’s reasons behind her fashion decisions while there are those pointing out that people shouldn’t be made to feel they have to hide their bodies in order to not be harassed or called names.
See the responses on social media below:
Billie Eilish purposely wears big baggy clothes so she isn’t sexualized and so no one can have an opinion of what is beautiful and what is attractive and hold no power to compare her to societies unrealistic standards… ugh gah i love her
— ˗ˏˋb r o o k eˊˎ˗ (@brookemattison) May 11, 2019
Billie eilish, a 17 year old, wears baggy clothing to not be hypersexualized??? a 17 year old…..where did our society go wrong
— Anu (@anugov1) May 12, 2019
when billie eilish said “i wear baggy clothes so ppl don’t have to know what’s underneath, they can’t judge” i felt that
— taylor ? (@tayleighbae) May 10, 2019
if u shame billie eilish for wearing baggy clothes ur the worst
— Alejandra (@aleurdad) May 13, 2019
— D☻tti (@Female_Rebel_) May 11, 2019
The fact that Billie Eilish wears baggy clothes so she won’t get sexualized really says something about our society
— Dezirae ? (@HereBeDez) May 11, 2019
I will ALWAYS stan Billie and this breaks my heart that she feels the need to dress like this just to avoid you miserable people who like to body shame for NO REASON https://t.co/xn0IqmEVzm
— Tristan Portwood (@t_portwood) May 10, 2019
can I pls go one day without seeing the obligatory "oh So iF BilliE EilisH DrESses iN shaPeless clothes n is praisEd wHy ArE MusLiM WoMeN CoNsIdErEd OpPreSsEd " y'all know damn well why please shut the fuck up
— ? (@sasukephobe) May 12, 2019
— mary price☀️ (@mary_pricee) May 11, 2019
The singer was at a Jimmy Kimmel Live! taping when she started doubting the decision to release the record.
“I’ve never felt that way, where it’s my child and I don’t want anybody’s hands on it,” she told Billboard. “[It’s rare] to actually really fuck with what you make and create. I didn’t want the world to be able to tell me how they feel about this thing I love.”