This Wax Figure of Beyoncé Looks Well …Not Like Beyoncé
Folks just can’t get Beyoncé right when it comes to wax figures.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in NYC received a wave of backlash and was accused of White-washing the international sensation’s likeness after revealing its wax figure.
— STRAWBERRY (@STRAWBERRYradio) July 19, 2017
As a result of the criticism, the establishment has since retouched the wax figure to reflect a more accurate depiction of the “Ring The Alarm” singer.
“We love, respect, and enjoy a working relationship with Beyoncé,” the museum initially said in a statement sent to Entertainment Weekly Friday. “We have adjusted the styling and lighting of her figure, and she is on display at Madame Tussauds New York.”
The newly installed figure was removed as of Thursday afternoon by the museum’s curators. They said that the statue would be “off the floor until further notice.”
The museum is known for its famous lookalike celebrity figures, and revealed the statue earlier the week. It didn’t take long for the criticism to swirl:
— Elizabeth Kiefer (@lizabeth_kiefer) July 19, 2017
Remember when Formation came out and people seemed shocked Beyonce was black? That’s who made these wax figures
— Zola Ray (@zolamray) July 19, 2017
I think this is the most disgusting, disrespectful wax figure of Beyoncé ever. Cancel tf out of this. https://t.co/Z4oE3jXkjh
— candyp (@c2much_) July 19, 2017
Initially, the museum appeared to be unapologetic for their mishap.
During an interview with The Wrap Wednesday, it said, “Our talented team of sculptors take every effort to ensure we accurately color match all of our wax figures to the celebrity being depicted. … Lighting within the attraction combined with flash photography may distort and misrepresent the color of our wax figures which is something our sculptors are unable to account for at the production stage.”