Eilish Freaks Over Shirtless Cover Image

The singer slams 'Nylon Germany' on Instagram
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2019 4:00 PM CDT
Billie Eilish Slams Mag Over Digitized Cover Image
Singer Billie Eilish performs on the final day of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Somerset, England, Sunday, June 30, 2019.   (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Billie Eilish ripped Nylon Germany a new one this week over the magazine's digitized cover image of her, People reports. Posted on (and deleted from) the publication's Instagram account, the image portrays Eilish as a bald, metallic, shirtless, sci-fi babe who's giving readers the dead eye. After firing off an expletive, the singer complains she was "never approached" by the magazine and had "absolutely no creative input." As captured on the Comments by Celebs account, she adds: "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." Oh, about removing her hair: "booooooooooo to you."

The German magazine replied that it was their "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," per Variety. Nylon's US arm sung a different tune, tweeting "we strongly disagree with their decision to appropriate Billie Eilish's image without her consent. Nylon America is very sorry to Billie and her fans." As debate erupted on social media, the magazine replaced the Eilish post with a similarly bald and gleaming depiction of German video stars Lisa and Lena, per the Guardian. (Eilish has said she felt like she "deserved to be in pain.")

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