Updated 4:05 p.m., July 21: After receiving intense backlash from Twitter over its unrecognizable, light-skinned statue of Beyoncé, Madame Tussauds New York wax museum reportedly removed the figure; a Tussauds staffer told the New York Times that the statue was “off the floor until further notice” but didn’t elaborate.
Then, on Friday, Rolling Stone reports that the statue is back, along with the following statement from the museum: “We love, respect and enjoy a working relationship with Beyoncé,” the statement reads. “We have adjusted the styling and the lighting of her figure and she is on display at Madame Tussauds New York.”
Beyoncé is one of a kind, and in attempting to replicate her greatness, it may be best to just not even try. At least, that’s the lesson the world learned on Tuesday, when Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York City unveiled its latest wax figure in homage to Queen Bey.
You see, it doesn’t seem to look, well, anything like the Beyoncé we all regularly bow down to, BuzzFeed reports. Sure, Wax Bey is standing in typical Real Bey fashion, with her hand on her hip and holding a microphone, and wearing a purple sequined jumpsuit and knee-high stiletto boots. Her hair is styled in the same long, blond locks that regularly blow in the wind onstage IRL. But as far as the internet is concerned, that’s about as far as the resemblance goes.
Twitter users made note of the statue’s odd facial expression, as well as one other major difference between the real Bey and the Madame Tussauds version: their skin tones. “This is a melanin-defunct, lipless, thickless Bey,” writes one user. “Where is her melanin?” asks another. “#TussaudsSoWhite” writes another Twitterer. Others decided that the statue bears more of a likeness to Lindsay Lohan, Shakira, Kate Hudson, Britney Spears, or Mariah Carey than Beyoncé. Basically, the Bey Hive isn’t having it.
This isn’t the first time that Beyoncé has been memorialized with an un-Beyoncé-like wax figure. There have been issues in the past with statues at museums in London, Canada, and New York, BuzzFeed reports.
Thankfully, as of this week, Beyoncé is back on social media following the birth of her twins, so the internet doesn’t need to rely on a wax figure to get its daily Bey fix. Perhaps someday, the public will get the #flawless Queen Bey tribute it deserves.