UPDATE: July 21, 3 p.m. ― On Friday, Madame Tussauds in New York removed its Beyoncé figure, only to put her back on the floor hours later.
“We love, respect and enjoy a working relationship with Beyoncé. We have adjusted the styling and lighting of her figure and she is on display at Madame Tussauds New York,” the museum told HuffPost in a statement.
UPDATE: July 19, 3:45 p.m. ― In response to critics, Madame Tussauds defended the work of its wax sculptors Wednesday afternoon and offered up an explanation for the appearance of one of its Beyoncé figures. Fans of the pop star had suggested she appeared too pale at the museum, dressed in a sparkly blue outfit.
Madame Tussauds said in a statement provided to The Wrap:
At Madame Tussauds, 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.
Yet, somehow, the people in charge of Queen Bey’s waxen likeness don’t really seem to know what she looks like.
Michelle Lee, editor-in-chief of Allure, shared a pretty convincing theory as to why over Twitter on Tuesday night:
Seriously, what is going on there? Not one of those wax figures look like the Beyoncé we all know and love. We’d even argue the blonde one, which stands at Madame Tussauds in New York City (though it appears there’s a very similar one in Orlando), looks more like a weird cross between Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan.
Folks on Twitter seem to agree:
Speaking of Britney Spears, she’s been just as unlucky in the wax figure department:
And just for good measure, here are a couple photos of other Bey wax figures that are equally terrible:
Word to the wax figure makers of the world: Let Beyoncé upgrade u.