Reactions varied from confusion about Nicki’s likeness to the choice of pose.
Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum unveiled their Nicki Minaj sculpture on Tuesday morning in Berlin. Unfortunately for the museum, the reaction from fans wasn’t exactly glowing. Primarily, because the sculpture’s face doesn’t entirely look like Minaj.
Madame Tussauds Unveils Nicki Minaj’s Wax Figure in Germany pic.twitter.com/npO3iDTKeL
— Karen Civil 🇭🇹 (@KarenCivil) January 7, 2020
That ain’t Nicki Minaj that’s pic.twitter.com/JSBFyOVDfK
— plugmeinsac (@PLUGMEINSAC) January 7, 2020
While the statue’s likeness caused the bulk of the uproar, fans also pointed out that the chosen pose for the statue was questionable. The figure is resting on all fours, an infamous pose taken from a shot from Minaj’s viral 2014 “Anaconda” music video. Some Twitter users remarked that there were more representative images of Nicki to choose from besides that one.
This shit is disrespectful af !!!! Why do they think it’s okay to honor the queen of rap a wax figure on all four ?? They couldn’t use a different look/pose ??? It don’t even look like Nicki !!!! https://t.co/4dbXL3s5pO
— Fengali (@Fengali) January 7, 2020
Regardless, the jokes flowed freely for most of Tuesday afternoon. Some fans simply called the representation racist, while others just expressed their amusement at the inaccuracy. Barbz and non-Barbz, journalists and fans alike joined in on the fun. Check out even more of the replies on Twitter.
It wasn’t the first time the museum has earned backlash with regards to the Queens MC. In 2015, the museum in Las Vegas unveiled its Nicki Minaj statue, this version also on all fours. Azealia Banks, amongst others, expressed their distaste. Shortly afterward, the museum released a statement after drunken tourists photographed themselves misbehaving near the figure.
The museum was even forced to hire extra security to stop the barrage of lewd photos in front of the figure. There’s no word on whether the museum in Berlin will be forced to take similar measures.