Waxyonce: Beyonce’s Madame Tussauds wax figure looks pretty white

Please enjoy this. This is a photo of Madame Tussauds’ latest wax figure of… BEYONCE. Is this really Beyonce? Of course not. This is like a drunk wax-worker’s idea of Beyonce from 2005. Mixed with Britney Spears, one of the Pussycat Dolls, and possibly Rita Ora? This wax figure is homed at Madame Tussauds in New York, and once this photo was published on Twitter, people started losing their minds (justifiably), claiming that Tussauds made Beyonce look: a) like a white woman, b) like Mariah Carey, c) like Kate Hudson, d) like 2005, e) like they have NO RESPECT. Madame Tussauds told TMZ:

“Our talented team of sculptors takes 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.”

[From TMZ]

Bad lighting? No. Here’s the thing though – celebrities know at this point that the only way to really get a good wax figure – if you care about it – is to actually allow Madame Tussauds to photograph you at every angle so that the wax workers really know what they’re doing. Several big-name celebrities work with the wax workers so that their wax figures will look good. I seriously doubt Beyonce did that, so of course the wax workers just did whatever. Still, that’s no excuse to turn Wax Beyonce (Waxyonce) into a white woman. Beyonce is light-skinned, for sure. But she doesn’t look THIS pale.

Photos courtesy of Twitter, Madame Tussauds.

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  1. Loopy says:

    Lol it looks like if Rita Ora and Katy Perry had a baby. Crazy thing is Kylie Jenners wax figure is one of the best I have ever seen. smh

  2. Nicole says:

    Right. Lighting

    • Clare says:

      forget the lighting – what the hell is that face? It looks nothing like her? The only thing that looks similar is the hair/weave.

    • INeedANap says:

      If you put a gun to my head and told me to accurately label who that figure is I would be screwed, but it looks as much like Beyoncé as I do.

    • pinetree13 says:

      The body doesn’t even look right!!!

      And the face is so off it’s ridiculous.

  3. Shambles says:

    This should be burned along with every Make America Great Again hat in the country and every copy of Aaron Carter’s new single

    • AnnaKist says:

      No need to waste it. Just put a wick in and auction the novelty candle. “…along with every Make America Great Again hat in the country and every copy of Aaron Carter’s new single.” Absolutely.

    • LA Elle says:

      Even though the wax figure doesn’t look black, I’m not sure I’m comfortable burning the likeness of a powerful black woman …

  4. Bee says:

    That Shakira waxwork is awesome!


  5. littlemissnaughty says:

    That is not Beyonce. And yeah, this wax thing looks pretty white. But isn’t it super hard to actually nail someone’s skintone unless you have exceptional photos or have seen them in person? Lighting can be a bitch when it comes to skin. Again, this definitely looks white which Bey is not but in general, how do the people of MT do it? I know it’s their job but even I go from super tan to mildly sunkissed depending on the lighting. And then in winter I’m pale as hell of course.

    • Loopy says:

      The Lighting Really??? Lol how about it also looks NOTHING liker her!

    • BJ says:

      The skintone is the least of the problems,the facial features are wrong,the body type is wrong.To my knowledge she has never worn that outfit.Those boots look like some boots I saw a hooker wearing the other day.
      If the problem was only the skin tone it wouldn’t be so bad.
      Major fail

      • Dem says:

        The body is so ridiculously wrong and it should have been the easiest part. It should have a very narrow waist, wider hips and the small of her back should yield to a round shelf.

  6. Nancy says:

    Who dat? Imperfect blend of Kate Gosslein and Mariah. That’s her 19 year old figure. Oh my.

    • Thebees says:

      Lol, it looks like a combination of at least 15 women, non of whom are black .

    • pwal says:

      @Nancy… you nailed it. Definitely Kate Gosselin, especially the jawline.

      Never in a million years would I ever link Beyonce and Kate Gosselin, especially positioning Kate as a beauty inspiration for Beyonce Knowles and I saying this as someone who doesn’t stan for Beyonce in any way, shape or form.

      • Nancy says:

        Lol…..I was in such a hurry when I posted, I spelled Gosselin incorrectly and my OCD put me in a tizzy! Who even thinks about that woman anymore, yet that was the first face I saw when I looked at the wax figure. Since I’m not a fan of either of them, I find the similarity kind of hilarious. Sorry Queen Bey…..your welcome Kate!

  7. Hunterca says:

    Looks nothing like her.

  8. Anon says:

    It looks like a tan Katy Perry. They really need to stop doing these wax figures of celebrities. They are creepy and never look right (except for Kylie Jenner).

    • lucy2 says:

      “They really need to stop doing these wax figures of celebrities.”

      Except that’s their entire business, so that wouldn’t work out too well for them.
      But they need to do some of them better, like this one.

  9. Neelyo says:

    Not to defend that budget Rita Ora wax work, but they’re right about lighting. When i went there I took tons of photos with celebrities. When you look at them they look pretty real, but they look awful in photographs.

  10. Tania says:

    Wow. What an epic failure. Wrong on all counts–hair color, eyes, nose, lips. It’s like a blonde, white version of Beyonce. Offensive.

  11. burnsie says:

    It looks like a combo of Scary Spice and Joss Stone with Kate Hudson’s original hair

  12. Shelly says:

    Not Beyonce.. Either Shakira or Rita Ora. The face shape is really off and that’s not the color of her weave.

  13. Lynnie says:

    While on the one hand I can understand the whole “coming in” process for the sculptors I have a hard time believing that for a “talented team” that’s the best they could do when/if she didn’t. Especially on the face. And seeing how all her sculptures in the other locations also look equally bad (each done during different years I’m assuming based on the costumes they’re in) I’m side-eyeing them even more.

    With the amount of photos out there of her too (both professional and not) surely they could’ve used those as reference for a bit more accuracy? Genuinely asking not trying to sound flippant to the sculpting process.

    • greenmonster says:

      I saw photos of the other sculptures as well and they go from ‘who?’ to ‘At least I can see that this is supposed to be Beyonce’. But this one left me speechless. I tried to guess who it is and thought it could be Mariah, but then again nope. It looks like a singer we don’t know yet.

      And I totally agree, that the talented team should be able to do better, because they are tons of photos out there. Sure, they need exact measurements, but this is just bad. Almost as if they didn’t care and just thought ‘Meh… whatever, we need to put something out there.’

    • lucy2 says:

      That’s what I was thinking too, there are zillions of photos of her out there.

  14. Shirurusu says:

    It definitely looks like Rita Ora! But I don’t get wax figures at all, I think all of them are pretty creepy. It’s like mimes or clowns, the art form itself makes me want to sneak off and buy ice cream and refocus on my happy thoughts while secretly weirded out

  15. Lucy says:

    I may be wrong but, didn’t she get measured in person for her very first wax figure? Couldn’t they have used all those references to make the new one? Come on, it’s not like she’s muted into a different person ever since.

  16. Sassback says:

    I thought this was going to be an article about Kate Hudson when I saw the picture before the headline.
    When did she ever wear that outfit? I thought they put them in iconic outfits. Like what about Single Ladies Beyonce? Crazy in Love Beyonce? This is like Ellie Goulding or something. And was she ever that blonde ever? What the hell is this? Is Beyonce going to say anything???

  17. KatM says:

    I thought it was supposed to be Rita Ora before I read the story…the wig is beyond awful. Neither Beyonce or Rita Ora would wear that awful wig. That thing should go in the burn pile, asap.

  18. skyblue says:

    I think it looks like the most recent version of Heather Locklear. 🤣

  19. Giggs says:

    You guys, it looks JUST LIKE Lindsay Lohan…which is just so wrong and disrespectful and bizarre and confusing but I can’t stop laughing

    • teatimeiscoming says:

      This is spot-on. I thought initially Mariah Carey, but you are right.

    • Twink says:

      Omg I just made this comment up thread. It is LiLo!!

    • Sylvia says:

      YES! This is what I thought from the thumbnail: why is there a pic of Lindsay Lohan though? How you get a wax statue of Beyonce to look like LiLo is beyond me.

  20. JennDama says:

    That sucks, period..

  21. Nikki says:

    looks like Eva LaRue

    • pwal says:

      @Nikki .. I see Eva LaRue too, especially around theyes. Too bad they couldn’t derive the same inspiration from Eva’s coloring too.

  22. Freddy Spaghetti says:

    That is…I don’t know who or what. But it is not Beyonce.

  23. Cee says:

    I thought it was Rita Ora.

  24. JustJen says:

    I honestly thought it was Kate Hudson just from the pic. Her skin is not that light and her hair is not nearly that blond.

  25. MrsT says:

    My sister in law works at Madame Tussauds. I must ask her about this!

  26. JenB says:

    I thought that was “Before He Cheats” Carrie Underwood at first glance. It’s not Bey.
    Sofia C direct the making of this wax figure?

    • AmunetMaat says:

      Bwah! Sofia C didn’t feel comfortable telling Beyonce’s story in her current form so she relied on the universal aspects of Beyonce’s facial features ::wink::

  27. adastraperaspera says:


  28. Sara says:

    I don’t think the colour is off, B always looks (and tries to look) very light skinned. The problem is that the face looks absolutely nothing like her. Terrible work.

    • scar says:

      Tries to look light? How do we explain all the tanning she usually gets? She is a light-skinned black woman who has always been light but I’m sure you already know that.

    • AmunetMaat says:

      Tries to look light skinned?! Umm ok. Co-sign @ scar.

  29. Sage says:

    Looks like a combo of Katy, Britney and Mariah.

  30. Georgia says:

    That’s a great statue of Rita Ora.

  31. Tracym says:

    This looks like the girl from Big Bang!

  32. me says:

    Has anyone seen Kylie Jenner’s wax figure? You can’t tell the real from the fake when she stood beside it…no joke.

    About Beyonce’s wax figure, not even close ! Not only is the skin tone wrong, but she doesn’t even look like that at all…they didn’t capture any of her features !

  33. Jazzie30 says:

    Kate Gosselin.

  34. Jayna says:

    When I glanced at the photo on the home page of just the face, before reading the words, I thought it was Kate Hudson.

  35. DesertReal says:

    Anna Farris?

  36. So I’m a white girl. Not Caucasian, but white. Facebook had this thing a few months back where it would take a photo of you and say what celebrity you look mostly like. I’ve done it in the past when MySpace was still a thing and I got Emma Watson, did it again with a different photo and got Rachel Weisz. So I did the one on Facebook thinking I’d get someone similar or at least white, no. I got Beyoncé. I did it again with a completely different photo where my extra whiteness shined so brightly and I still got Beyoncé. I laughed it off because clearly the only thing Beyoncé and I have in common are our eye color, so seeing this post made me remember that and laugh again. But yeah she looks white and I guess we do look a like if she was white lol. She’s not though and they need to fix that. I know a lot of Beyoncé fans are probably waiting with pitchforks and torches somewhere.

  37. Radley says:

    That doesn’t look anything like Beyonce. Looks like somebody’s random back-up dancer or background singer or third video girl from the left in some rapper’s video.

    What a fail.

  38. Mermaid says:

    This is terrible!!! They should redo it’s way too white. I thought it was a picture of Kate Hudson. Beyoncé deserves better.

  39. Jenny says:

    I see Jennie Garth with a widened nose /nostril flare.

  40. Sandra says:

    I saw Carrie Underwood

  41. jas says:

    I see Kate Gosselin dressed as Beyonce for Halloween

  42. Maria says:

    It reminds me of a cheerleader like a professional one. Not a huge Beyoncé fan, but she certainly deserves better than this boring wax figure. The outfit is terrible too.

  43. Ruby says:

    I thought it was Megyn Kelly’s wax figure

  44. reverie says:

    I thought everyone knew who Beyonce was, I guess not.

  45. laur says:

    Gosh I saw Leann Rimes just to add even more to the confusion. This reminds me of this terrible waxworks museum I went to in LA when I had a 24 hour stopover from Australia back to the UK, it was hands down the funniest thing I’ve seen, the people looked nothing like the celebs they represented. This Beyonce would fit right in!

  46. Umila says:

    Scary Lucy 2.0. Poor Bey :/

  47. Ladybug says:

    It’s a Kate Gosselin/Mariah Carey mashup. That is all.

  48. Julie says:

    I think it does look like Beyoncé, but the hair and the skin is too light. It’s throwing everything off.

  49. Lana 234 says:

    This wax figure is awful. It’s like the people at Madame tussards don’t know what Beyoncé looks like.

  50. Tiffany says:

    As someone who visited Madame Tussads in Las Vagas and too my picture with some damn near close looking figure of Elvis, Oprah and Prince, yeah, they should have done better on one of the biggest pop stars alive.

    I wonder if they were upset that she would not come in or help with the figure and this is their reply to it.

    • pwal says:

      It feels like a troll, doesn’t it? But then again, she isn’t the first celeb to get a questionable wax figure and she won’t be the last.

      Frankly, getting a wax figure at Madame Tussaud doesn’t have the prestige that it used to have. Like you said, when celebs participate (i.e. get measured, contribute clothing and allow continued access for more measurements), it makes for a better wax figure, although I think it’s less about craftsmanship and more about stroking the craftsman’s ego via the access.

      JMO, these trolling tactics is just worsening their cause. Yeah, Kylie’s figure is good, but she ain’t a fcuking star, so WTF, Madame Tussaud?

  51. blonde555 says:

    Wow looks like Carrie Underwood. Beyonce is pretty fake as is so why not have a white blonde wax figure as herself.

  52. Mildred Pierce says:

    I see Jlo.

  53. shaunna says:

    Eva La Rue with a blonde wig

  54. LA Elle says:

    So this is the Michael Jackson edition of Beyonce?

  55. Lex says:

    Ha! How funny that so many of us see similar faces in there. I see Britney Shakira and Zoe Saldana!

  56. j says:

    kate gosselin x khloe khardashian

  57. magnoliarose says:

    I had no idea who this was and I still don’t.

  58. JT says:

    It looks like the wax figure of a Beyonce impersonator!

  59. Jker says:

    Rita Ora finally breaks into the mainstream after trying anything and everything to get the world to know her name and remember face. . .
    And finally, FINALLY, success.

    Not with a hit song or a viral video, but as a literal bad copy of an actually talented performer.

    Wax figures: ironic metaphors personifed.

    And here I thought she was a generic RIHANNA copycat.

  60. Angelie says:

    That statue looks like Lindsay Lohan (in her prime) impersonating Beyonce.

  61. SLP says:

    I saw the photo and thought “Jessie J has a wax figure? With a blond wig?”

  62. Emilyvan says:

    The wax figure bears more resemblance to Kate Gosselin.

  63. Ozogirl says:

    This looks nothing like Beyonce. How did this get approved? I see Mariah Carey.

  64. Michele says:

    Hilarious and probably approved by BeBouncey. It’s the her she aspires to and covets. Size 6 and born blonde.