Berlin, Germany – It’s typically an honor to have a wax figure of yourself created for Madame Tussauds — but not in the case of Nicki Minaj. The Black Barbie’s iteration was recently unveiled at Madame Tussauds Berlin location and clearly fails to capture Nicki’s facial features.
Naturally, Nicki’s fans are enraged and accuse the creator of “whitewashing” the multiplatinum-selling rapper. Tweet after tweet insists the statue looks nothing like her.
Madame Tussauds have unveiled their new Nicki Minaj wax figure in Berlin, Germany. pic.twitter.com/zTCzbwBLDf
— The Pop Hub (@ThePopHub) January 7, 2020
This isn’t the first time fans have been outraged over a wax figure. In 2017, a wax figure of Beyoncé was erected at Madame Tussauds New York and fans once again criticized the creation for being “too white.” Subsequently, the statue was moved shortly after its reveal due to “the styling and lighting of her figure.” A few days later, the statue was back up after some adjustments.
Another Nicki statue, which is housed at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, was also the subject of controversy in 2015. Fans were often taking inappropriate photos with the statue, requiring more security.
They gonna ban yall niggas from the wax museum. pic.twitter.com/r4YXzwbb5g
— Rose needs more books (@SleeplesssInKy) August 18, 2015
Madame Tussauds explained in a statement, “We have been made aware of the inappropriate photograph that was taken at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, involving Nicki Minaj’s new wax figure.
“Madame Tussauds attractions are interactive, immersive experiences, and our visitors are generally respectful towards the wax figures. It is unfortunate that this visitor decided to behave so inappropriately and we apologize for any offense this has caused.”
The historic wax figure museum company might have some explaining to do for this latest Nicki figure, too. Check out some of the reactions below.
— 🕴🏽WHIT (@ITS_ONLYWHIT) January 7, 2020
Madame Tussauds unveils a Nicki Minaj wax figure in Berlin, Germany (they know damn well that this doesn’t look like Nicki) ✨👑 pic.twitter.com/dQCp00MoH2
— ONIKA FORCE (@OnikaForce) January 7, 2020
— Zay Crescendo / FSDY Detroit (@ZayCrescendo) January 7, 2020
— DOM new year chicken (@domarajjj) January 7, 2020
Madame Tussaud’s Germany is trying to convince the world this is Nicki Minaj Lol pic.twitter.com/6Yfmutmi4Y
— Chocolate Jay (@JayWatkins83) January 7, 2020
Like who GAVE THE OK FOR THIS pic.twitter.com/Y72LFVJEPW
— Jhov (@RomannFentyy) January 7, 2020
Madame Tussaud really got Nicki Minaj looking like the lost Clermont sister pic.twitter.com/MY57VK8jYb
— Da OG Dia🇭🇹🇺🇸 (@EbonyEmpress5__) January 7, 2020
It’s horrible. How could they reveal this . Shaking my head. This is not what Nicki deserves. What a shame. @NICKIMINAJ
— Minnie 🅙 (@OmgThatsMinn) January 7, 2020
This looks like a Nicki Minaj and Kourtney Kardashian hybrid 😭 https://t.co/PjZ1JV5gl9
— Punching Bag (@simbaspride29) January 7, 2020
They did Nicki Minaj real dirty. 🥴
— baby hair stan account (@KarmaZee) January 7, 2020
HELL. NO. Take that shit right back. If they can get Kris Jenner right, they can do Mrs. Nicki.
— yuli 🦋 (@littlejulivert) January 7, 2020
Is this a joke!?
— #AmINext (@Violet0932) January 7, 2020
That is not Nicki Minaj 😂🤣
— G$ 💸 (@MoneySignG) January 7, 2020