"Can't believe people still post shit like this like it's funny or relevant or acceptable," one fierce fan wrote in response.

By Claire Gillespie
October 15, 2020
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Just when we thought it wasn't possible, female celebrity body-shaming has reached a new low. An adult man (age 29 and from the UK, apparently) shared a paparazzi shot of 18-year-old Billie Eilish on Twitter. In the pic, Eilish is wearing shorts and a tank top—a departure from her usual covered-up, baggy style.

The man tweeted, "in 10 months Billie Eilish has developed a mid-30's wine mom body."

And Twitter clapped back.

"She's healthy and beautiful. that's all that matters," wrote @xenacanthida, while @MRapoula commented, "Can't believe people still post shit like this like it's funny or relevant or acceptable. Shame on you. She's a brilliant artist and incredibly talented 18 YEAR OLD."

Another user, @jodiepork, called out porn and social media for teaching men that bodies like Eilish's are "fat" and "not perfectly normal."

Eilish's own response to the criticism was twofold—and genius. First, she uploaded a video to her Instagram stories of her walking past her collection of awards and winking. She then shared a video by social media influencer Chizi Duru about the importance of normalizing bodies.

Duru says in the clip, "Y'all gotta start normalizing real bodies, okay? Not everybody has a wagon behind them, okay? Guts are normal––they're normal. Boobs sag, especially after breastfeeding. Instagram isn't real."

On her own Instagram, Duru captioned the post, "Instagram has warped a lot of y'all into thinking NORMAL bodies are abnormal. NO."

Eilish later shared a photo of herself to her Instagram grid with the caption, "Do you really want to go back in time?" Some of her followers speculated that she was referencing her previous comments about body-shaming.

In May, the artist shared her short film titled "Not My Responsibility," which focuses on public opinions about her body and appearance.

In the video, Eilish says, "Do you know me? Do you 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."

She continues, "Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller? Would you like me to be quiet? Do my shoulders provoke you? Am I my stomach? My hips? The body I was born with, is it not what you wanted?"

In June, Eilish told GQ that she typically dresses in baggy clothing because she doesn't "like to think of you guys—I mean anyone, everyone —judging [my body], or the size of it." In the same interview, she shared just how much social media criticism has affected in the past. "I almost killed myself because of Twitter a couple of years ago," she revealed. Since then, she's quit Twitter, and doesn't watch people's Instagram stories.

"The thing I realised recently is this: when you get to a certain level of fame or notoriety, it doesn't matter what you say or do, you are a certain level of known. You will be super hated. And super loved," she said. "It still feels bad to be hated on, no matter what you try to tell yourself."

Eilish may not be on Twitter anymore, but her fans certainly have her back.

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