Billie Eilish Responds To 'Body-Shaming' Trolls After Vogue Cover Backlash

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Billie Eilish has spoken out after trolls criticised her for showing skin in her stunning new Vogue cover, making her feelings on the body-shaming she's been getting very clear.

The Bad Guy hitmaker, 19, caused quite a stir after starring on the magazine cover in a corset. Honestly, it was like nobody had ever seen shapewear before.

On her Instagram story, the singer shared an edited image of a tabloid headline which read: "Proof that money can make you change your values and 'sell out': Billie Eilish shocks fans by swapping baggy clothes for lingerie in Vogue - despite years of vowing to 'hide her body.'"

The headline had been corrected by broadcaster and journalist Emily Clarkson, who is daughter of Top Gear OG Jeremy Clarkson.

Instead, it read: "Proof that women can change their minds and reclaim autonomy over their own bodies. Billie Eilish shocks fans by swapping baggy clothes for lingerie in Vogue - despite years of being an actual child."


The headline had been changed (Credit: Instagram/ Em Clarkson)

Emily captioned the image, writing: "Oop, fixed it for ya. Honestly, where do you start on this? We collectively GASPED at the strength emanating from Billie in those Vogue images.

"Full f***ing POWER a woman standing up with total body autonomy and showing herself to the world in the way that SHE wanted to.

"She hid her body for years because she didn't want to be sexualised. She made this decision when she was a CHILD. Because she knew what grown-ups can be like.

"These decisions are ones we have all made - 'school skirts mustn't be too short or else they'll distract the boys!!' She went to those lengths because she had to.

"But this society - this perverted, f***ed up place, couldn't let that be and they hounded her until they got photos of her body which they published without her consent.

"Those photos BLEW UP! The news was everywhere. Woman has body!!! It was like she asked us not to sexualise her and they took it as a challenge."

Your Power singer Billie opted to wear a corset, stockings, and a Burberry trench coat for the Vogue shoot, where she also debuted her new platinum blonde tresses.

And while she got an overwhelmingly positive response - because, let's face it, she looked epic - there were of course some people who had an issue with her changing up her usually conservative dress sense.

God knows what it has to do with them, anyway...

Billie Eilish spoke out against body-shaming trolls (Credit: Instagram/Billie Eilish)

"I liked her a lot better non-sexualised," one person wrote online.

"Why did you have to sexualise her like that by changing her completely?" as another penned.

"This evokes an uneasy Lolita vibe," a third troll wrote.

Luckily, level-headed fans who actually bothered to read the interview were on hand to push back against any slut-shaming nonsense.

"I remember reading about Billie and her reasoning behind her clothing choices (not wanting to be sexualised as a child)," one fan wrote. "This cover is truly a special moment for her. British Vogue did an amazing job."

A second said: "There's nothing sexual about this - I see a beautiful woman wearing beautiful clothing."

Billie had discussed body shaming in the Vogue interview itself. Explaining why she'd chosen a different style for the shoot, she said: "Don't make me not a role model because you're turned on by me.

"Suddenly you're a hypocrite if you want to show your skin, and you're easy and you're a slut and you're a whore. If I am, then I'm proud. Me and all the girls are hoes, and f**k it, y'know? Let's turn it around and be empowered in that.

"Showing your body and showing your skin - or not - should not take any respect away from you."

"My thing is that I can do whatever I want," she added. "It's all about what makes you feel good.

"If you want to get surgery, go get surgery. If you want to wear a dress that somebody thinks that you look too big wearing, f**k it - if you feel like you look good, you look good".

You tell em, girl.

Featured Image Credit: PA

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Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at
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