Billie Eilish kicked off her Where Do We Go? world tour in Miami by sending a bold message about body image.
The singer, who’s known for favoring loose-fitting clothing in an effort to keep people from sexualizing her body, made a big statement in a video that played before she sang her song “All the Good Girls Go to Hell.”
While the Grammy winner spoke in a voiceover about body image criticism she’s faced, she slowly shed layers of clothing — down to a bra top — as the crowd cheered wildly. As she undressed, she lowered herself into a pool of water, the fan video showed.
“Do you really know me?” she asked in the interlude. “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.”
Eilish continued, “So while I feel your stares, your disapproval or your sighs of relief, if I lived by them, I’d never be able to move. Would you like 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? The body I was born with, is it not what you wanted? If what I wear is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I am a slut.”
She ended with, “Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it. Why? You make assumptions about people based on their size. We decide who they are. We decide what they’re worth. 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?”
As if the screams in the audience weren’t enough, social media has been praising her powerful message. One fan called her “the strongest, most empowering woman i know.”
Billie Eilish launched the North American leg of her “Where Do We Go? World Tour” at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on Monday night.
The 18-year-old pop singer, who earlier this year cemented her place in music history by becoming the youngest artist ever to sweep the four major categories at the Grammys, showcased her critically acclaimed debut, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, with a rousing 22-song set.
She kicked off the evening with performances of “bury a friend” and “you should see me in a crown”. Later in the set, she covered “The Hill”, sang her Khalid collaboration “lovely”, and performed her James Bond theme song, “No Time to Die”. She then closed the night with “bad guy” into “goodbye”.
Elsewhere during her set, prior to playing “all the good girls go to hell”, Eilish delivered a powerful statement on body positivity. In a video interlude displayed in the arena, Eilish was seen stripping to her bra as she discussed her own experiences with body-shaming: “The body I was born with, is it not what you wanted? If what I wear is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I am a slut,” she remarked. After removing layers of clothing, Eilish concluded her statement by noting, “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?”
Billie Eilish shared an earnest five-minute video on Monday, urging young fans to take the coronavirus outbreak seriously.
"I wanted to make a video talking about this coronavirus because this s--- is f---ing crazy, and I know a lot of people don't know what the f--- is going on. I don't know what the f--- is going on, I don't think anyone really does. But I know we're all scared and worried," she said in the video, which was posted on her Instagram story.
"It is a really, really big deal right now, and it's not a joke. I know because a lot of us havent seen it with our eyes, what it's been doing and who it's been affecting, it's hard to understand that it's real. But it really is real," she continued. "I've seen a lot of young people out in the world, all over the place, going to the club or going to the beach or just going out and hanging out, and it's really irresponsible. And I'm gonna explain why."