Earlier this month, and to much fanfare, Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas unveiled a wax figure of Nicki Minaj. The exhibit was positioned as a major attraction, but unfortunately, things have not gone exactly as planned since August 4 — though Azealia Banks would say otherwise (more on that below). Because of a surge of lewd pics appearing all over social media, the museum this week has decided to redesign its work. Wax Minaj, which required nearly six months, 20 artists, and 300 body measurements to construct, shows the rapper on all fours in a lifelike snapshot from her "Anaconda" video (jungle backdrop included!). Right after Wax Nicki's debut, Madame Tussauds kicked off a selfie contest, set to run through August 30. The winner, who had to have a pic tagged with #mtnickiselfie, was going to have a chance at winning a Nicki goodie bag.
Initially, Nicki and her fans were pretty into it, excited by the honor:
But one onlooker, Azealia Banks (who shall now be known as the Oracle), realized this was not a good idea:
Obviously, the Oracle was right. Wax Nicki's provocative pose, plus the photo encouragement, prompted a snowballing of inappropriate posts (Nicki appeared to laugh off some of the more mild uploads but hasn't responded directly yet to the more offensive ones).
The museum responded directly. "It is unfortunate that this visitor decided to behave so inappropriately and we apologise for any offence this has caused," the museum said in a statement released via Twitter. "We do have staff monitoring guest behaviour in the attraction and do our utmost to ensure our wax figures are treated respectfully, but on this occasion clearly one of of our hosts was not present." To prevent future mishaps, the museum has said it's reworking the attraction's display area (so similarly interactive pics can't be taken) and outfitting Wax Nicki's area with more staff.
Here is the unfortunate tale of Nicki Minaj's Madame Tussauds wax figure
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