Madame Tussauds may be the biggest name in the wax figure game, but that doesn’t mean the company’s perfect.
On Tuesday, a photo of its waxwork of Beyoncé created a stir online because of how little it looks like the singer. And her extremely passionate Beyhive fanbase is none too pleased.
While the figure, recently moved to the company’s New York location, is clad in an outfit the singer would wear on stage, that’s about the only aspect of it that’s up to snuff.
Fans bashed the faux Beyoncé for its face, hair and, perhaps most of all, its apparently too-light skin tone – which spawned the hashtag #TussaudsSoWhite. Others chimed in that the statue bore more of a resemblance toMariah Carey and Lindsay Lohan.
Madame Tussauds New York addressed the outcry in a statement to Page Six on Wednesday afternoon, saying: “At Madame Tussauds, 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.”
Of course, as one Twitter user pointed out, it’s not just Madame Tussauds that seems to have trouble translated the singer’s radiant beauty to wax.