Billie Eilish, a popular musician, turned to Instagram this weekend to reply to criticism over her wardrobe choices. She wrote a “letter to some comments” she had read on social media.
“I spent the first 5 years of my career getting absolutely obliterated by you fools for being boy-ish and dressing how I did & constantly being told I’d be hotter if I acted like a woman,” Eilish wrote. “And now that I’m comfortable enough to wear anything remotely feminine or fitting, I’ve changed and turned into a sellout.”
“I can be both,” she continued, referring to the “true idiots” and “bozos” who have remarked on her fashion sense. “Let women exist!”
Eilish, a Grammy winner, has long been the topic of discussion over her fashion sense. In a Calvin Klein advertisement in 2019, the then-17-year-old singer said, “I never want the world to know everything about me.” That’s why I dress in huge, baggy clothing. Nobody can form an opinion since they haven’t seen what’s underneath.
Earlier last month, the singer, aged 21, wore a black lace gown custom-made by Simone Rocha at the 2023 Met Gala.
In a 2021 interview with Marie Claire magazine, Eilish said that her choice to broaden her clothing style had an influence on her following base.
“I lost 100,000 followers because of the boobs,” she said.
Eilish responded to her detractors on Instagram last weekend, saying, “Did you know that women are multifaceted? Isn’t that shocking? Women, believe it or not, can have several interests.”
“Also, femininity does not equal weakness,” she said, adding that it is “totally unheard of and insane” to want to express oneself differently at various times.