Billie Eilish is definitely not thrilled about Nylon Germany‘s new digital cover.
The publication released three digital covers for their new issue titled “DIGITAL PRODIGIES”. Eilish, 17, is one of those three cover stars. The publication was excited about the cover when sharing it on Tuesday, but it turns out they did not ask for the “Bad Guy” singer’s consent.
Nylon tagged Eilish in the post, eliciting a scathing comment from the singer. “What the f**k is this s**t?” Eilish asked. “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,” she continued. “You’re gonna make a picture of me shirtless? That’s 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,” Eilish insisted. “AND YOU’RE GONNA REMOVE ALL MY F**KIN HAIR?” Nylon updated their post caption to address the controversy. “For this cover, it was never our intention to create a look that is confusing or insulting to Billie Eilish,” they wrote.
“It was only ever our intention to honour Billie‘s impact and her work by creating this avatar which is part of a cover series highlighting the power of digital prodigy artists,” Nylon continued. “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.”
ET reached out to Nylon Germany about the use of Eilish’s picture, to which the editor-in-chief Edith Löhle provided the following statement.
“We as NYLON Germany value and stand for artistic freedom, but we also respect the feelings of Billie and her fandom. We are fans ourselves. Therefore we decided to remove our second cover of Billie Eilish. For this cover, it was never our intention to create a look that is confusing or insulting to Billie. It was only ever our intention to honour her impact by creating this avatar, which is part of a cover series highlighting the power of digital prodigy artists.“