Madam Tussaud’s said they will be adding extra security to Nicki Minaj’s wax figure to keep visitors from violating it.
Madam Tussaud’s has several locations featuring life-like wax figures of celebrities that visitors can take photos with. The new wax statue of Minaj is currently on display at their Las Vegas museum.
While Minaj seemed flattered by the museum’s depiction of her, fellow hip-hop artist Azealia Banks tweeted her displeasure with the wax figure, saying the sculptors should have selected a pose in which Minaj was standing with a mic in her hand, not down on all fours.
Nicki Minaj took to Instagram to share her opinion of the figure, saying she didn’t know they were making it, but that she loves it and “can’t wait to see it.”
But Banks was right about one thing — visitors have taken plenty of sexual photos. Since the wax figure went up, there are all sorts of pictures online of people doing lewd things by the figure.
Madame Tussaud’s has since released this 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 interaction, 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 apologise for any offence this has caused. We do have staff monitoring guests behaviour in the attraction and do our utmost to ensure our wax figures are treated respectfully, but on this occasion clearly one of our hosts was not present.
We are taking immediate steps to ensure more staff are present in this area and that the set around this particular figure is redesigned so that a picture like this cannot be taken again.