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Billie Eilish Discusses Addressing Body Image Issues In Candid New Interview

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By Chris Barilla

In a candid new interview for 'British GQ', world famous pop star Billie Eilish opened up about one of the topics closest to her and her brand as an artist, the addressing of negative body image stereotypes that have​ been perpetuated in the media for quite some time.

Eilish explained in the interview how she stems power from having such control over what people have access to in regards to knowledge of her physical body, as well as growing to love it more by the day.

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"My body is mine and yours is yours. Our own bodies are kind of the only real things which are truly ours. I get to see it and get to show it when I want to," Eilish explained during the interview, furthering the claim that keeping her body private has afforded her abilities that others in the same space as her have not experienced.

Speaking about her famously off-kilter outfit choices, Eilish had plenty to say about the wardrobe choices she makes and the reasoning behind them.

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She said that her wildly-ranging choices in clothing, and trademark baggy looks, come from a will to always switch her image up to reflect her mood, "sometimes I dress like a boy. Sometimes I dress like a swaggy girl. And sometimes I feel trapped by this persona that I have created, because sometimes I think people view me not as a woman," the 18 year-old​ star told 'GQ' of how the backlash for her outfit choices has affected her mentality over time.

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"So I dress the way I dress as I don’t like to think of you guys – I mean anyone, everyone – judging it, or the size of it. But that doesn’t mean that I won’t wake up one day and decide to wear a tank top, which I have done before," the Grammy-award winning artist continued to explain to the publication.

Eilish admitted that she had attempted to shop at "trendy" shops to dress like peers, but felt as though the look was disgenuine to who she really is.

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This is not the first time Eilish has been vocal about body images, speaking in her short film 'Not My Responsibility' about the opinions people form about her because of her body, "If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I’m a slut. Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it. Why? We 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," she said matter-of-factly in the well-received video.

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