Published Jul 21, 2017The Beyhive lost its collective mind over an abysmal wax rendering of Beyoncé earlier this week, and Madame Tussauds seems to have taken heed.
As the New York Times reports, the Queen Bey replica was no longer on the floor at the Midtown Manhattan location of the wax museum chain as of yesterday (July 20). A staff member confirmed that the sculpture was "off the floor until further notice," though a spokesperson for the museum declined to answer questions about the decision.
UPDATE (7/21, 12:50 p.m. EDT): According to SPIN, the offending wax figure has been given a makeover and returned to the museum floor. "We love, respect and enjoy a working relationship with Beyoncé," reads the museum's statement. "We have adjusted the styling and lighting of her figure and she is on display at Madame Tussauds New York."
Following its reveal, the Beyoncé figure drew ire from fans, who were outraged by the wax statue's general lack of resemblance to the Lemonade singer — particularly condemning its seemingly lightened skin colour.
An emailed statement from Madame Tussauds to the Times reads:
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.
We're guessing no amount of special lighting and non-flash photography could save this one, but you can judge the sculpture for yourself below.