Billie Eilish has been known to dress in baggy attire, and maybe fans finally know why. The Los Angeles native unveiled her powerful short film, Not My Responsibility, that takes on the idea of body image, body shaming and expectations.
In the clip written and produced by the 18-year-old herself, the singer is seen alone in the dark wearing a black hoodie. As she recites her vulnerable, revealing words that take aim at the negativity of body shaming and judgmental behavior, she slowly removes articles of clothing while sinking into thick dark water. She starts by questioning, “Do you know me?” before serving up the aggressive interrogation “Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller? Would you like me to be quiet? Do my shoulders provoke you?”
“We make assumptions about people based on their size. We decide who they are. We decide what they’re worth,” she concludes in the sub-four-minute clip. “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?” These words are right in line with the “Bad Guy” artist’s choice of clothing, as many have commented on the fact that she wears oversized and baggy designer threads in almost all public appearances. Watch what Billie Eilish is talking about in the visual below.
Photo: Lars Crommelinck Photography