Billie Eilish is using her music to speak out against sexual misconduct and start an open dialogue about the issue.
In one of her latest songs, the singer writes about an abuser taking advantage of a minor. Eilish, in an interview with Vogue, explained that the lyrics are "an open letter to people who take advantage" — which she said were mostly men.
"I would like people to listen to me. And not just try to figure out who I’m talking about, because it’s not about that. It’s really not at all about one person," she said. "You might think, 'It’s because she’s in the music industry' – no, dude. It’s everywhere. I don’t know one girl or woman who hasn’t had a weird experience, or a really bad experience. And men, too – young boys are taken advantage of constantly."
During the interview, Eilish also spoke candidly about body image and her new look, which was debuted in Vogue. In the cover photo, Eilish wears lingerie with a corset and skirt that hugs her curves. Her hair is no longer green, but platinum blonde — a far cry from the look fans are used to. The Grammy Award-winning singer is known for wearing baggy clothing that usually hides her body. She became an ambassador for the body positive movement, but Eilish said it is a title she never condoned.
"It made me really offended when people were like, 'Good for her for feeling comfortable in her bigger skin.' Good for me? ... The more the internet and the world care about somebody that’s doing something they’re not used to, they put it on such a high pedestal that then it’s even worse," she said.
Eilish added that her body "was the initial reason for my depression when I was younger."
Last year she opened up about her mental health struggles during an interview with Gayle King as part of "The Gayle King Grammy Special."
"I didn't ever think I would be happy again, ever," Eilish said, according to E! News.
"I don't want to be too dark, but I genuinely didn't think I would make it to 17," she added.
Now Eilish is reinventing herself and is determined not to let any criticism take away her power as a woman.
"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," she said. "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."
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