Billie Eilish is known for her signature baggy clothes. The singer has never conformed, never felt the need to conform and is perfectly happy with how she looks and feels and is comfortable in her own skin — a rarity for most 17-year-olds nowadays. Which is why Nylon’s latest cover has Eilish so vexed.
Eilish was one of three cover stars for Nylon Germany, featured as one of their “digital prodigies” who are “redefining the future of being a teen superstar.” The thing is, Billie wasn’t consulted about it and is pretty pissed off, understandably so. Also, she looks more like Charlize Theron than Billie Eilish, but that’s a whole other issue. The “Bad Guy” singer took to the comments section of the magazine’s Instagram post and went off, first stating how annoyed she was then went on to share that she had nothing to do with the cover or the piece, didn’t know it was happening, nor did anyone on her team. Billie’s anger quickly escalated as she pointed out her age and that she’s basically depicted as a bald, shirtless robot. But the most important takeaway from all this? She “did not consent in any way.”
The cover art was created by Marcel C. Wilkens and designed to make Billie out to be some sort of futuristic fembot. Nylon Germany insists they never intended to insult or confuse Eilish but, rather, honour her “impact and her work” with a 3D avatar dedicated to “her achievements and the positive effect she has had on millions around the globe – including us.” Um, sure? The mag hasn’t removed the digital cover and, in fact, has two posts featuring Billie.
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In May, Eilish was featured in a Calvin Klein ad in which she revealed why she always wears baggy clothes. And her reason was perfect. “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.” The fact that she keeps things under wraps so no one can make judgments or assumptions or body shame her makes her pretty wise for a teenager. Heck, wise for anybody at any age.
Eilish is one of the year’s biggest breakout stars. She won three awards (New Artist, Editing and Push Artist) at the 2019 VMAs and recently took over the No. 1 spot, ousting Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” after its 19-weeks-long run.