Billie Eilish is no stranger to magazine covers. However, she usually doesn’t wake up to find herself on the front of a mag that she was completely unaware of. But that’s exactly what Eilish experienced when she caught wind of the latest digital cover of the German edition of Nylon, which the publication shared on Instagram today.
The edition of Nylon is focused on three “Digital Prodigies” who are “redefining the future of being a Teen Superstar.” The released cover art, designed by Marcel C. Wilkens features Eilish and internet star twins Lisa and Lena appearing as bald, seemingly topless fembot avatars in shades of pink and yellow. Eilish, who was unaware of the cover’s existence and never granted the magazine permission to feature her, is rightfully upset that Nylon used a photoshopped image depicting her without her hair or a shirt.
In response to the cover, the 17-year-old took to Instagram, commenting on the magazine’s post directly by saying:
“what the fuck is this shit.
- i was never approached by nylon about this piece whatsoever. i did not know it was happening nor did anyone on my team.
- this is not even a real picture of me.
i had absolutely no creative input.
- youre gonna make a picture of me shirtless?? thats not real?? at 17? and make it the cover???? even if the picture was supposed to look like some robot version of me… i did not consent in any way.
- ANNNDDD YOU’RE GONNA REMOVE ALL MY FUCKIN HAIR?
booooooooooo to you”
After seeing Eilish’s response and criticism from her fans, the magazine responded with a statement on Billie’s Instagram post that said, “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 has removed the digital cover featuring Billie Eilish without making further comment, but the cover featuring Lisa and Lena is still up on the magazine’s Instagram account.
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