A recently photographed Madame Tussauds waxwork of Beyonce is so far off the mark that it crosses over from ridiculous into borderline offensive.
The Beyhive was not happy when a fan tweeted a snap of the 35-year-old pop icon’s sculpture yesterday. In the photo, Queen Bey’s wax equivalent wears a blue sequined top and fishnets, with hair so blonde and skin so light you could mistake her for Britney Spears or Jessica Simpson.
“Beyonce’ wax figure at @MadameTussauds is FIERCE!” the fan captioned his photo.
Not everyone agreed that the supposed doppelganger was “FIERCE!” Instead, many fans freaked out over the sculpture’s lack of curves and apparent “whitewashing.”
The faux-figure, which looks like it was assembled in the dark by blindfolded chimpanzees, drew comparisons to a whole host of other celebrities, everyone but Beyonce herself. The most popular comparison was to actress Lindsay Lohan.
What’s worse is that this isn’t an isolated incident. Twitter users were quick to point out previous instances of botched Beyonce wax crimes, including two other Madame Tussauds figures, almost as if the company decided to reuse a factory load of left over Shakira models.
But the bad Beyonces are not limited to Madame Tussauds, as the tweet below demonstrates.
The second figure, dressed in pink, is from Louis Tussaud Waxworks, a rival company with its own reputation for hard to determine wax “look-a-likes.”
In a statement to SPIN, a Madame Tussauds New York spokesperson said: “Our talented team of sculptors take every effort to ensure we accurately colour match all of our wax figures to the celebrity being depicted. Lighting within the attraction combined with flash photography may distort and misrepresent the colour of our wax figures which is something our sculptors are unable to account for at the production stage.”
While the blue sequined Beyonce figure is quite clearly terrible, Madame Tussauds did create a sculpture in 2014 which is much closer in resemblance to the “Formation” hitmaker. The figure, photographed below in London’s Regent Park, is not perfect, but at least it’s only the singer’s leotard which is white.
After much criticism, the statue was eventually removed from the Manhattan location of Madame Tussauds. When visitors asked where the notorious wax figure was, a staff member merely said that it is “off the floor until further notice.”
Now, however, the wax version of Queen Bey is back on display after adjustments to “the styling and lighting of her figure,” reports Associated Press. A spokeswoman for Madame Tussauds, however, “declined to specify what changes were made.”