NYLON Germany recently shared its latest cover featuring Billie Eilish, but it didn’t sit too well with the artist herself. Pegged as part of its “digital prodigies” series, the cover (which can be viewed here) featured a CGI’d version of the star, which showcased a shirtless and bald version of Eilish (who is currently 17). The cover, designed by Marcel C. Wilkins, led to the the star taking to the magazine’s comment section on Instagram to call out the magazine’s tactics. “I was never approached by nylon about this piece whatsoever,” Eilish wrote, claiming that she had “no creative input.”
The breakout singer-songwriter was equally irritated with the “shirtless” aspect of the cover, taking issue with it due to her not consenting to the creative direction and especially due to the fact that she is currently underage. You can read her full comments below:
What the f*ck 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 F*CKIN HAIR? booooooooooo to you.
NYLON Germany deleted the comment after issuing their own statement:
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 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.
You probably know Billie Eilish from her super-successful debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and her number one single, "Bad Guy". You probably also know her for her immediately recognisable sense of style.
Billie has been open in the past about her preference for clothes that are — in her own words — "800 sizes bigger than she is". In an interview with Vogue Australia, she explained that she prefers to cover up in baggy layers to keep part of herself a "mystery", and prevent herself from being judged.
She said: "It kind of gives nobody the opportunity to judge what your body looks like. I want layers and layers and layers and I want to be mysterious. You don’t know what’s underneath and you don’t know what’s on top."
During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Billie discussed doing the Elle Women in Music issue with Camila, where she ended up meeting Sofia because she was on set supporting Camila that day. “We were doing the [Elle] cover and she was performing and I was gonna be after her and she was super cute,” Billie said.
“She was with her little sister and her sister started sobbing 'cause of me and it was like insane. I was like, ‘Your sister’s Camila Cabello though, why are you crying for me? What?’” Hey, at least the girl recognizes and appreciates talent, amirite?
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Age is just a number, and global music sensation Billie Eilish proves just this. At 17 years old, the indie pop singer-songwriter is set to be named Billboard's 2019 Woman of the Year during the Women in Music event on December 12, 2019.
Billie succeeds Ariana Grande, who was 2018's Woman of the Year.
"Billie has disrupted the entertainment industry through her music and social media platforms, leaving an indelible impact on the global cultural zeitgeist,” said Hannah Karp, Billboard’s editorial director.
“Her ability to speak to the Gen-Z population, making teens and young adults feel accepted in today’s society has quickly allowed Eilish to grow to the top of the charts, breaking the mold for this generation with her electric hair-color and sharp attitude," she added.