Billie Eilish offended by cyborg magazine cover

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Billie Eilish has complained about a 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.”

Eilish, who has said she wears loose-fitting clothes on stage and in her videos to avoid being sexualised, was particularly aggrieved that the digitally-created image showed her apparently topless.

“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.”

Eilish is one of 2019’s biggest break-out stars, topping the charts in 19 countries, including the UK and US, with her goth-pop debut album When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go.

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