The singer—who made waves in May swapping her oversized signature outfits for pinup-style lingerie on the cover of British Vogue — spoke on “unattainable body standards” and his efforts to “separate” from his feelings about his body while performing.
The 19-year-old pop star shared, “When I’m on stage, I have to disengage from my body’s views. Especially because I wear clothes that are big and easy without showing everything – they Can be really unflattering. In the pics, they look like I don’t even know. I just totally separate the two. Because I have such a terrible relationship with my body, like you wouldn’t believe, so I just have to be different… Then you get a paparazzi picture when you were running to the door and just put on anything, and didn’t know the picture was going to be taken, and you just see how you show up, and everyone’s like, ‘Fat!'”
Eilish may be referring to a last moment in which She was body shamed after being photographed wearing a tank top and shorts; “No, I look like this,” she later said of speculation that she had gained weight. (Of the online trolls, she now says, “These guys do nothing. I’m like, do something with your life! Go somewhere. Go take up a hobby.”)
talking to Guardian, Eilish shares his frustrations with examining his body.
“I mean, we only need the body to eat and move around and defecate,” she said. “We only need them to survive. It’s ridiculous that anyone cares about bodies. Like, why? Why do we care? You know, when you really think about it?
“Why do we care about hair?” He continued. “Why does everyone hate body hair so much, but there’s a great deal of hair on our heads, and that’s, like, cool and beautiful. Like, what’s the difference? I mean, I love hair, And I do crazy things with my hair. I’m guilty like everyone else. But it’s so weird. If you think about it, you go crazy.”
her new album, happier than ever, takes aim at these obsessions, with songs like “Overheated” targeting “unattainable body standards.” echoing his earlier comments British Vogue — “It’s everything that makes you feel good,” she said of her glam makeover and the expectation that she would be called a “hypocrite” — Eilish was careful to make it clear she’s not against cosmetic procedures, Rather secrecy around them so often.
“It’s totally okay to get things done — do this, do that, do what makes you happy,” she explained. “It’s when you deny it and say, ‘Oh, I got it all by myself, and if you just put in more effort, you can get it.’ It makes me really furious. For young women – and for boys too – it’s so bad to see.”
She continued, “I see people online, it’s like I’ve never seen one. And immediately I’m like, oh my god how do they look like this? I know, in and out of this industry, and what people actually use in photos, and I really know that what looks real can be fake. Still I look at it and go, oh my god it makes me so bad. And I mean, I’m pretty confident about who I am, and I’m so happy with my life… I’m obviously not happy with my body, but who is?”
Ultimately, she’ll feel comfortable in her own skin instead of looking picture-perfect 24/7.
“Since I was a kid,” the Grammy winner shared, “my dad and I have always talked about a certain type of person who is so insecure, or hyperware, and self-conscious, that they are never in a weird way. Don’t walk, or don’t make funny faces, because they always want to look good. I’ve noticed that, and it makes me very sad. If you always stand a certain way, walk a certain way And your hair is always like that… Always trying to look good is such a loss. It’s such a loss of joy and freedom in your body.”
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