Why Billie Eilish is mad at a German magazine
‘I did not consent,’ star says
When Billie Eilish is on a magazine cover, it’s usually cause for celebration among the singer’s fans.
But not this time.
The German edition of NYLON Magazine is getting flak from fans and Eilish herself over their latest issue, which features an image of the singer.
Eilish is bald and appears shirtless on the cover.
She hasn’t had a major makeover, though.
The image is a photoshopped piece of artwork, which means it was created with a computer, and Eilish herself never posed for the photo.
After the cover came out, Eilish said she hadn’t consented to the project or given them permission to use her image in this way.
On the magazine’s Instagram post about the cover, Eilish wrote a response in which she said NYLON had not approached her about it beforehand.
“I did not know it was happening nor did anyone on my team,” she wrote.
She also said she had no creative input in the process — and she had something to say about the image itself.
“You’re gonna make a picture of me shirtless,” she wrote, “at 17?”
“Even if the picture was supposed to look like some robot version of me … I did not consent in any way.”
After Eilish wrote her comments, NYLON updated its Instagram post to respond to Eilish and her fans.
For this cover, it was never our intention to create a look that is confusing or insulting to Billie Eilish,” they wrote.
They said they only wanted to honour her “impact and her work.”
The magazine said the image was part of a series of covers “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.“
Some fans were not convinced.
But not everyone was critical.
A few responses on Instagram praised the image, writing that they loved the magazine and loved that interpretation of her.
Some even suggested it was time for Eilish to grow up.
So what do you think? Did the magazine go too far? Or is it a creative sign of admiration for one of pop’s newest queens?