American Singer and Songwriter Billie Eilish has expressed her disappointment and anger to Nylon Magazine Company in Germany about a magazine cover that depicted her as a bald and topless cyborg saying he neither knew about it nor consented to it.
Featuring in the magazine was Billie Eilish alongside two others after which the company described the trio as “digital prodigies” who are “redefining the future of being a teen superstar”.
Portraying her as a “supernatural fembot of the future” was the Designer, Marcel C Wilkens but it didn’t go down well with the singer.
She however vented her anger under the social media post of the company. She said :
“I was never approached by Nylon about this piece whatsoever,” she said. “I did not know it was happening nor did anyone on my team.”
“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.”
In a reply to the singer, the company indicated that, it was never their intention to ridicule or disrespect her but to appreciate her works by celebrating her in a unique manner.
“It was never our intention to create a look that is confusing or insulting to Billie Eilish,” it said. “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.
“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.”
Eilish is one of 2019’s biggest break-out stars, topping the charts in 19 countries, including the UK and US, with her goth-pop debut album When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go.