Billie Eilish is furious with Nylon Germany for creating a topless image of her for one of its “digital prodigies” magazine covers.
The “Bad Guy” singer lashed out on social media, saying she “did not consent” to the sci-fi looking cover — in which she is bald and shirtless — and finds it inappropriate for several reasons, including the fact that she’s 17.
She listed her grievances about the futuristic cover and at the top was the fact that nobody from the magazine contacted her to appear on the cover. So she had “no creative input.”
However, she went on to write that the digital image, which depicts her as a robot, “is not even a real picture of me.” And she went on to question why they made “a picture of me shirtless?? … At 17? And make it the cover?????”
She wrote, “Even if the picture was supposed to look like some robot version of me… I did not consent in any way.”
Eilish also hated that she was bald. “Booooooooooo to you,” she wrote.
The magazine took down the image on Instagram and responded soon after, writing, “For this cover, it was never our intention to create a look that is confusing or insulting to Billie Eilish. It was only ever our intention to honor Billies impact and her work by creating this avatar which is part of a cover series highlighting the power of digital prodigy artists. This avatar is a piece of 3D artwork created in dedication to her achievements and the positive effect she has had on millions around the globe — including us.”
Nylon America condemned the cover.
The cover was one of three for the issue. When the magazine revealed the image, they wrote, “We asked fans to tell the stories of three digital prodigies who are redefining the future of being a Teen Superstar.”
There was backlash on the magazine’s post with fans writing things like, “THIS IS WHY WE CANCELLED NYLON LAST YEAR” and “y’all just embarrassed yourself big time lmao.” One other person commented, “Y’all did her dirty.” Others thought it was Miley Cyrus or Fiona Apple.
Eilish posted her reaction in the comments too — and it’s received 33,000 likes so far.
Earlier this year, Eilish was featured in a Calvin Klein ad and revealed that she wears baggy clothes to avoid being body-shamed.
“I never want the world to know everything about me,” she said. “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?”[Yahoo]