Billie Eilish calls out magazine for running topless cover without her consent

Billie Eilish called out the German publication for using an image of her without her consent [Photo: Instagram/Getty]
Billie Eilish called out the German publication for using an image of her without her consent [Photo: Instagram/Getty]

Billie Eilish has called out Nylon Germany for reimagining her as a topless avatar on the magazine’s latest cover.

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.

“What 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,” she wrote [sic]. “2. This is not even a real picture of me. I had absolutely no creative input.”

Eilish then went on to highlight that the 3D artwork depicts an underage person, as she is just 17.

“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,” she added.

Her comment soon garnered over 34,000 likes with fans rushing to defend Eilish.

“17-year-old underage girl who will be shirtless and bald on a front of a magazine without consent or permission,” one wrote. “This is the reason why society sexualises underaged girls, because of the covers like these to get people’s attention. Smh. So damn unprofessional.”

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Another added, “If y’all wanted to ‘honour’ Billie y’all should’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.”

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.

“For this cover, it was never our intention to create a look that is confusing or insulting to Billie Eilish,” the publication wrote. “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.”

Despite the backlash, the magazine has yet to remove the cover from the social media platform.

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