Billie Eilish is furious with Nylon Germany following the reveal of a cover earlier this week.
The “Bad Guy” singer is one of a trio of cover stars for the issue on “digital prodigies” out today. Eilish, 17, is depicted as a bald, gilded avatar seemingly nude in the digital image. The magazine explained in its caption that it let fans “tell the stories of three digital prodigies who are redefining the future of being a Teen Superstar” for the issue.
Backlash erupted in the comments section, with users complaining: “YALL DID HER DIRTY” and the magazine was “cancelled.”
Eilish, too, expressed her own dissatisfaction.
“what the (expletive) is this (expletive),” she wrote, adding she was “never approached by nylon about this piece whatsoever. i did not know it was happening nor did anyone on my team.”
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Eilish added that she had “absolutely no creative input” and voiced her anger over being shown topless.
“…you’re gonna make a picture of me shirtless?? thats not real?? at 17?” she commented. “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.”
Lastly, she condemned the magazine for showing her bald. “booooooooooo to you,” she wrote.
The magazine edited the post’s caption to address critics, in a message to Eilish and her fans.
“For this cover, it was never our intention to create a look that is confusing or insulting to Billie Eilish,” the statement began. “It was only ever our intention to honor Billie’s 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,” it continued.
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Eilish, who typically dons loose-fitting clothes, has said she does so to keep her body out of the spotlight.
“I never want the world to know everything about me,” the teen said in a Calvin Klein ad in May. “I mean, that’s why I wear big baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath.”
Contributing: Charles Trepany and Sara M. Moniuszko
Billie Eilish says she wears baggy clothes so people can’t have ‘an opinion’ on her body