The German branch of Nylon Magazine has been absolutely rinsed by Billie Eilish after they shared a digitally altered image of the 17-year-old.
They published an edited image of Billie Eilish on the cover of their magazine, online, and shared the cover on Instagram. The image has been edited to make Eilish look like a fembot – they’ve removed her hair and she appears shirtless.
Billie Eilish has been pretty open in the past about the reason she wears full-body jumpsuits and baggy outfits, so as not to draw attention to her body. In a recent Calvin Klein commercial, Eilish says “I never want the world to know everything about me. I mean, that’s why I wear big, baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath, you know? Nobody can be like, ‘Oh, she’s slim-thick, she’s not slim-thick, she’s got a flat ass, she’s got a fat ass.’ No one can say any of that, because they don’t know.”
Nylon shared the digitally altered image to Instagram with a caption about their Digital Prodigies Series and Billie Eilish’s part in it.
Commenting directly on the post, Eilish points out that she wasn’t asked for permission, wasn’t informed about the series or the image, and highlights the fact that they’ve edited an image to make a 17-year-old shirtless. Her comment reads:
“what the fuck is this shit.
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”
Of course, tonnes of Billie Eilish fans backed her up in the comments and some have been calling for the publication to delete the post and the image altogether.
The publication has now edited the caption of the post, addressing Billie Eilish and her 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.”
See the post below.
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Welcome to the fucking full cover future @billieeilish is one of three cover stars for our new issue #8 on DIGITAL PRODIGIES, dropping this FRIDAY This issue is all different while still keeping our NYLON spirit alive: We asked fans to tell the stories of three digital prodigies who are redefining the future of being a Teen Superstar. What’s more: @madelame, @riconasty and @stefaniegiesinger talk transcending the Gen Z vibe and what encapsulates the struggle of growing up. Our conclusion? Nothing is impossible, which is why we‘re skiing in September and challenge 80s aerobic queens in contemporary fashion spreads. Plus: German-gone-US Pop prodigy @kimpetras sat down to give us her thoughts on everything from trans discrimination to making it big across the ocean. Are you as hyped as we are?? Tag who needs to see this & go grab a copy on newsstands on Friday Billie fembot designed & imagined by @e.memories, story by @_edditude_ & @robmic EDIT „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.“#billieeilish #cover #digitalcover #coverart #billie #eilish #wherearetheavocados #eilishfans #eyelashes #pirates #digitalprodigy #digitalart #virtualarts #artistsoninstagram #virtualgate #contemporaryart #billieeilishmusic #billieeilishvideo