With reports flying around that the controversial Nicki Minaj wax figure at Madame Tussauds was to be removed, a statement has been made to contradict the rumors.
Wednesday, August 9, brought talk that the sexually-suggestive model depicting Minaj would be removed from the museum. Because of the discord resulting from infelicitous photographs of visitors posing distastefully with Nicki, no one was really surprised that the wax version of Minaj would be taken out of the museum. However, this is false information and the Nicki replica will be staying for now.
Cole Kuvauris, a representative from the museum which has been in the United States since 2000, told Billboard, in a statement sent to the publication that the Minaj figure would not be dislocated or taken out, but its display will be repositioned and fashioned so as to prevent visitors from posing inappropriately with Nicki.
“Nicki Minaj’s wax figure has not been removed from Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. The set has merely been adjusted.”
The fact that the set design will be changed isn’t any news, since statements were released on August 18 that the Minaj figure scenery was to be renovated, as reported by the Inquisitr, due to the negative and inappropriate responses from visitors.
“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.”
The replication of Nicki joined the Las Vegas branch of the Madame Tussauds wax museum a little over a month ago, on August 4. In the exhibition, the Nicki figurine is posed in a similar position that the real life Minaj takes on in one of her music videos, “Anaconda,” jungle scenery and all. The pose is pretty provocative, Nicki is on her hands and knees and is wearing a rather risqué ensemble, and it has received mixed opinions from across the board. The visitors’ responses to it is what has made it into a big controversy, because of some tasteless pictures taken with the wax mannequin, and ever since the Minaj figure debuted, there have been a lot of opinions on the pose she is in, as reported earlier by the Inquisitr.
The most notable of those to oppose the exhibit is rapper Azealia Banks, who took to Twitter to communicate her disgust with the Madame Tussauds display of Nicki.
Nicki Minaj responded to her wax twin saying she felt it was “iconic,” according to Billboard.
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