Billie Eilish has a problem with being on the cover of Nylon Germany’s new issue—because she didn’t give the publication consent.
Nylon Germany evidently didn’t contact the 17-year-old singer before publishing a seemingly-topless, digital, and bald version of her on its cover. When Eilish saw the magazine, she called Nylon Germany out on its now-deleted Instagram post.
In a four-pointed list, Eilish rattled off her problems with the cover. “I did not know it was happening nor did anyone on my team,” she wrote, adding that it wasn't “even a real picture” of her and she “had absolutely no creative input.” She slammed the publication for making her look “shirtless” at her age. “Even if the picture was supposed to look like some robot version of me... I did not consent in any way.”
Billie Eilish claps back at Nylon Germany for using a fake edited picture of her in order to sell the magazine. pic.twitter.com/uaMohRWwrW— Pop Alerts (@PopAIertNews) August 27, 2019
According to Cosmopolitan, the publication replied by editing its Instagram caption but never apologized.
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.“
According to BBC News, per the original caption, the singer was featured in Nylon Germany as one of three “digital prodigies,” with the cover art depicting her as a “supernatural fembot of the future.”