Billie Eilish is ever the outspoken artist whose brand matters a lot to her. A recent cover on Nylon Germany shows a hairless digital robot in the alternative artist’s likeness which she didn’t consent to. The singer took to Instagram to blast the magazine. She wrote;
“what the f**k is this sh*t,
1. i was never approached by nylon about this piece whatsoever. i did not know it was happening nor did anyone on my team
2. this is not even a real picture of me. i had absolutely no creative input.”
“3. 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.
4. ANNNDDD YOU’RE GONNA REMOVE ALL MY FUCKIN HAIR? booooooooooo to you.”
The singer shared the post with a middle finger sign to the magazine. She seemed to be appalled by the fact that the magazine had shared a supposed image of her, naked and shirtless at 17. The magazine has since replied and also taken down the photo. They wrote, without apologies;
To you, @billieeilish & your fans: 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 has rather apologized to the singer tweeting,
Nylon America is a different company than Nylon Germany and we strongly disagree with their decision to appropriate Billie Eilish’s image without her consent. Nylon America is very sorry to Billie and her fans.
We love Billie and everything she stands for. Her message to young women is important and we vow to continue to help spread it appropriately.