The chart-topping songstress appears as a bald robot – despite the 17-year-old not being notified by the publication.
When the magazine shared a preview of the now-viral cover, the US singer quickly took to the comments section to state that she had not given Nylon permission to use an image of her.
â€œWhat the f**k is this s**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,â€ she wrote [sic]. â€œ2. This is not even a real picture of me. I had absolutely no creative input.â€
Eilish then went on to highlight that the 3D artwork depicts an underage person, as she is just 17.
â€œYouâ€™re gonna make a picture of me shirtless?? Thatâ€™s not real?? At 17? And make it the cover???? Even if the picture was supposed to look like some robot version of meâ€¦ I did not consent in any way,â€ she added.
Her comment soon garnered over 34,000 likes with fans rushing to defend Eilish.
â€œ17-year-old underage girl who will be shirtless and bald on a front of a magazine without consent or permission,â€ one wrote. â€œThis is the reason why society sexualises underaged girls, because of the covers like these to get peopleâ€™s attention. Smh. So damn unprofessional.â€
Another added, â€œIf yâ€™all wanted to â€˜honourâ€™ Billie yâ€™all shouldâ€™ve contacted her team. You used her face/body for the cover of your magazine without her consent and then decided to make her shirtless.â€
In response to the public outcry, Nylon Germany edited the caption to explain the concept behind the artwork, created by Marcel C Wilkens, to the singer and her fans.
â€œFor this cover, it was never our intention to create a look that is confusing or insulting to Billie Eilish,â€ the publication wrote. â€œIt was only ever our intention to honour Billieâ€™s impact and her work by creating this avatar which is part of a cover series highlighting the power of digital prodigy artists.â€
â€œThis 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.â€
Despite the backlash, the magazine has yet to remove the cover from theÂ social mediaÂ platform.
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