UPDATE: A representative for Ripley Entertainment Inc. and Louis Tussaud's has issued a response to InStyle regarding the controversial Beyoncé wax figure at the franchise's Niagara Falls location:
"Our talented team of wax artists take great pride in their work of creating realistic figures of celebrities.
However, on closer inspection, we agree that the Beyoncé figure does not accurately represent her natural skin tone. We plan to immediately remove the Beyoncé figure from the attraction and send it to our wax artists to correct the skin tone to properly reflect Beyoncé's true color.
We look forward to Beyoncé rejoining our cast of characters in the near future!"
Beyoncé is one of, if not the, most powerful women (nay, people) in show business: a Southern-born talent with family values and killer dance moves; a performer with a worldwide appeal that defies socioeconomic status, race, and even genre preference. If America had royalty, the aptly nicknamed Queen Bey would reign supreme.
That being said, why can’t we get this artist a wax figure she deserves? She’s beauty, she’s grace, she RUN THE WORLD, but when it comes to wax museum representation, the mark is missed (Every. Single. Time.).
The latest figure to make the rounds on social media hails from Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Queen Bey's likeness is wrong on every level, from her particularly un-Beyoncé-esque sequined sheer sheath dress to her nondescript name tag. Most notably, though, the figure appears whitewashed in the photo.
It’s hardly the first time Bey has been woefully misrepresented. Louis is the great-grandson of master wax historian Marie “Madame” Tussaud, whose namesake museums have also come under fire for a Beyoncé wax figure. In July 2017, a similar frenzy was sparked when a Beyoncé figure from Madame Tussaud’s in Orlando made the social media rounds.
Hey, wax figure engineers (waxecutionists?), we have some news for you: a) none of those are NOT what Beyoncé looks like and b) they do not do justice to Beyoncé, a woman of color.
Beyoncé is a strong performer, a strong woman, and a strong force in our cultural landscape, diminishing her blackness is a grave mistake.