(CNN)The German edition of Nylon magazine has found itself on the bad side of “Bad Guy” singer Billie Eilish.
This week, this publication released an illustrated cover featuring the 17-year-old musician that drew the ire of the artist and her fans. The cover, which was posted on Instagram and has since been deleted, depicted Eilish as bald, robotic and bare shouldered. In a lengthy comment posted to the magazine’s cover-revealing post, Eilish wrote that neither she nor her management team were ever “approached by nylon about this piece whatsoever.” Eilish took issue with the fact that she had “no creative input” on the image in her likeness and with the artist’s choices. Read More”You’re gonna make a picture of me shirtless?? that’s not real?? at 17?” she wrote.
billie’s reaction on the NYLON Germany cover pic.twitter.com/KbK4MopJk4
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Her comment was deleted with the original post, but Nylon Germany said it never meant to do any harm.”We as NYLON Germany value and stand for artistic freedom, but we also respect the feelings of @billieeilish and her fandom. We are fans ourselves. Therefore we decided to remove our second cover of Billie Eilish,” the publication wrote in the caption accompanying a different photo. “For this cover, it was never our intention to create a look that is confusing or insulting to Billie. It was only ever our intention to honor her impact by creating this avatar, which is part of a cover series highlighting the power of digital prodigy artists.”Other covers in this series, by artist Marcel C. Wilkens, included a tribute to twin sisters and German video stars Lisa and Lena.A photo of the Eilish cover remained up on Wilkens’ Instagram page as of Friday afternoon. View this post on Instagram
Revealing our second collaborative „double” cover featuring boundary-breaking twins @lisaandlena as digital avatars in our futuristic 3D artwork. New issue #8 on DIGITAL PRODIGIES drops this FRIDAY. This issue is all different while still keeping our NYLON spirit alive: Telling the story of digital prodigies who are redefining the future of being a Teen Superstar. The artistic creation of the avatars is dedicated to the achievements and the positive effects they have had on millions around the globe —- including us. What’s more: @kiernanshipka, @stefaniegiesinger & @kimpetras opened up about the struggles and chances of the Generation Z. We’re transcending the limits of growing up and follow @iv.jay around New York City, talk messing up with @riconasty and channel the laissez-faire vibe. Issue available at newsstands on Friday and to order online via link in bio. Cover art designed by @e.memories ・ ・ ➡️ EDIT We as NYLON Germany value and stand for artistic freedom, but we also respect the feelings of @billieeilish and her fandom. We are fans ourselves. Therefore we decided to remove our second cover of Billie Eilish. For this cover, it was never our intention to create a look that is confusing or insulting to Billie. It was only ever our intention to honor her impact by creating this avatar, which is part of a cover series highlighting the power of digital prodigy artists. ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ ・ #lisaandlena #leli #lelifamily #twins #loveit #musically #lisaandlenalove #lenaandlisa #nylongermany #coverstory #3D #genz #digitalprodigies #releaseday #friday #boundarybreaking #cover
Eilish recently made history as the youngest woman to hit the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts since a then-16-year-old Demi Lovato debuted “Here We Go Again” in 2009. She’s also one of more than 100 artists to join Planned Parenthood’s “Bans Off My Body” campaign.