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Nylon Put A Naked, Bald Cyborg Billie Eilish On Their Cover Without Her Consent

"You're gonna make a picture of me shirtless?" she wrote. "That's not real?? At 17? And make it the cover????

2019 – as a whole – was summarised succinctly, and surprisingly, by one Greg O'Shea.

"And, what was your thought process behind that?", has become a stalwart rumination for the perilous news updates we devour daily by way of the midlife crises our world's leaders are simultaneously undergoing. 

The Love Island winner's words will ring throughout the ages – perhaps no more so than when a reputable magazine but a naked, bald, cyborg 17-year-old musician on the cover, without her consent.

Billie Eilish has grown, understandably, vexed about a Nylon magazine cover that portrayed her as a shirtless, bald cyborg, saying she "did not consent" to the image "in any way".

The singer was featured in Nylon Germany as one of three "digital prodigies" who are "redefining the future of being a teen superstar".

The cover art, designed by Marcel C Wilkens, depicted her as a "supernatural fembot of the future".

Writing on Instagram, Eilish said she was angry not to have been consulted.

"I was never approached by Nylon about this piece whatsoever," she said. "I did not know it was happening nor did anyone on my team."

"You're gonna make a picture of me shirtless?" she wrote. "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."

The 17-year-old artist famously wears baggy clothing to shield her body from the public eye and maintain some semblance of privacy.

To appear on the cover of a nonconsensual digital shoot with no clothing, in her opinion, sexualised her – something she was keen to avoid from the start.

She previously told NME: "There's people out there saying: 'Dress like a girl for once! Wear tight clothes you'd be much prettier and your career would be so much better' No it wouldn't. It literally would not.

"That's why I wear baggy clothes," she said in a separate interview for Calvin Klein. "Nobody can have an opinion because they haven't seen what's underneath."

In a statement, Nylon said it had only meant to celebrate the singer's achievements.

"It was never our intention to create a look that is confusing or insulting to Billie Eilish," it said. "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."

Main image by @billieeilish

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