Billie Eilish has taken a powerful stance against the body shaming which still widely permeates society, particularly among young women. And now, a video which the 18-year-old pop star had previously only shared on stage, as part of her Where Do We Go world tour, has been released in full.
The film, entitled Not My Responsibility shows Eilish, cloaked in darkness, slowly unzipping a dark jacket and peeling back the layers, eventually submerging herself in a thick, black, tar-like substance.
The message is a firm stance against against the speculation, bullying and shame which so frequently attaches itself to a woman’s body.
Speaking softly over the low riff in the film, Eilish can be heard saying:
‘Do you know me? Really know me? You have opinions about my opinions. About my music. About my clothes. About my body. 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.
‘Would you like for me to be smaller, weaker, softer, taller? Would you like me to be quiet? Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? Am I my stomach? My hips?’
Eilish then ends the video on a powerful, finite note, with the line:
‘If I wear more, if I wear less, who decides what that makes me? What that means? Is my value based only on your perception? Or is your opinion of me…. not my responsibility.’
The ‘Bad Guy’ singer has in recent years explained her choice to wear mostly loose fitting clothing – such as the sparkly black Gucci co-ord that she wore to the Grammy’s in January of this year – telling Rolling Stone in 2019: ‘I’ve never felt comfortable in really tiny clothes. I was always worried about my appearance. That was the peak of my body dysmorphia. I couldn’t look in the mirror at all.’