Billie Eilish responds to comments about her fashion choices: “Let women exist!”
Hit singer Billie Eilish took to Instagram this weekend to respond to criticism over her clothing choices. She posted what she called a “letter to some comments” she’s seen 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 when I feel comfortable enough to wear anything remotely feminine or fitting, I changed and am a sellout.”
“I can be both,” she added, addressing the “true idiots” and “bozos” who have commented on her style. “Let women exist!”
The Grammy-award winning Eilish has long been the subject of conversation around her style of dress. In 2019, the then-17-year-old singer discussed her clothing choices in an ad for Calvin Klein, saying, “I never want the world to know everything about me. I mean, that’s why I wear big, baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath, you know?
Earlier this month, the singer, now 21, donned a more feminine look 2023 Met Gala — a black lace gown custom-made by Simone Rocha.
In an interview with Marie Claire magazine in 2021, Eilish told the publication that her decision to expand her style of dress had an impact on her fan base.
“I lost 100,000 followers, just because of the boobs,” she said.
Eilish continued to clap back at her critics this weekend over Instagram, writing, “Did you know that women are multifaceted? Shocking right? Believe it or not women can be interested in multiple things.”
“Also that femininity does not equal weakness,” she said, adding, “totally unheard of and insane to want to express yourself differently at different times.”
Rapper French Montana was 13 when he immigrated with his family to the South Bronx of New York City from Morocco, not speaking any English. Over two decades and one platinum-certified album later, he’s telling his story in a new documentary, “For Khadija.”
“It’s just a real immigrant story. I never really seen nobody really make a movie like it,” Montana told CBS News in a live interview. “We did not just highlight, you know, the ups, we did not just highlight all the awards. We highlighted that you’re gonna lose more than you’re gonna win in life. And the experience to just keep going, keep going. You know, but they said a lot of things are impossible until a fool came along and did it, you know?”
Impossible is how many might describe Montana’s life. In the mid-’90s, Montana —whose real name is Karim Kharbouch— moved with his parents and younger brother to the Bronx only speaking Arabic and French. His father returned to Morocco while Montana’s mother was pregnant with his youngest brother, leaving her to raise the three boys alone. Eventually, Montana found his voice rapping.
“Picking rap as your hobby when you don’t speak English, that’s kinda like, you know, you’re blind and you want to be like Michelangelo, you know I’m saying? So it was like picking the hardest thing to do without speaking English,” Montana said. “That shows you when you have love and passion for something, nothing can stop you.”
The documentary is named for Montana’s mother, who he said “stole the show” in the film. And while the time constraints of a documentary posed a challenge, the rapper hopes other mothers will be touched by his family’s story.
“I feel like putting 20 years into one hour is never enough,” Montana said. “So highlighting the things that meant a lot, which, when my father left, when my mother didn’t speak no English. And we didn’t speak English. And taking that chance, you know, taking that leap of faith. I feel like that’s something that, when every mother gonna see that, every mother gonna feel that in their heart. Because those are the things you do for your child when you want a better future for your child.”
The film also delves into moments Montana may have forgotten.