17-year-old pop music prodigy Billie Eilish has taken Nylon Germany to task for featuring an image of her rendered as a topless cyborg on the cover of their new issue.
The “bad guy” singer responded to Nylon Germany‘s Instagram, criticizing the magazine for manipulating her image without her consent and not informing her that she would even be on the cover.
“what the f**k is this sh*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.
2. this is not even a real picture of me.
i had absolutely no creative input.
3. 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.
4. ANNNDDD YOU’RE GONNA REMOVE ALL MY F**KIN HAIR?
booooooooooo to you??”
She ended them.
— Kevin (@foxxworldd) August 29, 2019
Eilish, who is famous for her haunting tunes and funky personal style, has said she wears baggy clothing as a “defense mechanism.”
“That’s why I wear baggy clothes,” she said in a Calvin Klein ad. “Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath. Nobody can be like, ‘she’s slim-thick,’ ‘she’s not slim thick,’ ‘she’s got a flat ass,’ ‘she’s got a fat ass.’ No one can say any of that because they don’t know.”
Nylon Germany responded to Eilish, claiming they did not intend to “confuse or insult” Billie or her fans.
“It was only ever our 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.”
On social media, some folks applauded Billie and agreed that the image seemed inappropriate.
“Good for her! She has never wanted her body to be used as a marketing tool. And she is a child still! What did the editor think approving this? I hope she gets an apology at the very least!”
Other folks said that Nylon doesn’t actually need her permission, so while the image might lack tact, they have the right to use it.
“They can actually do this and she can do nothing about it […] Is it tasteful? No.”
And some weird people said that because Eilish writes suggestive lyrics, she somehow forfeited her right to be mad when she sees a publication misappropriating her image.
So because she sings those lyrics people have the right to use her image, sexualize it, and put it on the cover of a magazine without her permission? What kinda ass backward victim blaming shit is that? pic.twitter.com/wzRJkUkNk4
— Helen Bowers (@HelenBowers4) August 30, 2019
While there might not be anything Eilish can do about the Nylon Germany cover, it’s still important that she speaks up about consent and how women’s bodies are constantly sexualized in the music industry.