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What’s wrong with the Nicki Minaj wax figure?
So POPular!'s Janet Mock discusses Nicki Minaj’s new Madame Tussauds wax figure which features Minaj on all fours & the way people have used it to objectify her. Mock also talks about how black women’s bodies have been objectified throughout history.

ICYMI: Here’s my take on Madame Tussauds Las Vegas’ Nicki Minaj wax figure and the violation of her likeness and black women’s bodies

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Madame Tussauds Face Backlash Over Nicki Minaj Waxwork

Earlier this month it was revealed that the multi-award winning queen of rap, Nicki Minaj, had received her very own waxwork figure at the renowned Madame Tussauds. What seemed like a positive affirmation of her accomplishments and work soon turned revealed itself to be a victim of the insidious racism and sexism that envelopes our culture, with Minaj positioned in a sexualised, vulnerable position in her waxwork. Bent over on all fours, the piece is supposedly a homage to her famous “Anaconda” video.

But the difference between the video and the waxwork is control. In the video for Anaconda Nicki Minaj is very much in control of her body and sexuality. She decides when to dance, when to expose herself, and who gets to touch her (that’s nobody, by the way - the video ends on a scene in which Drake reaches out his hand to touch her ass and is rejected). Her waxwork, on the other hand, portrays her as a sex object, open and vulnerable to the mercy of the visitors to the museum. It is overly-sexualised and insulting.

Instead of depicting Minaj as a powerful, inspiration, and overall bad-ass woman, Tussauds instead decided to focus purely on her sexuality. Not her music, not her business, not her achievements – her sexuality. What other celebrity can say that their waxwork has been presented in the same way? Is Channing Tatum shown half-naked, abs out, chaps on, as per his appearance in Magic Mike? Is Lady Gaga almost completely nude as she has been in many of her album covers, photoshoots, and live appearances? No. So why Nicki?

As expected, visitors to the museum have flocked to the waxwork to take their photograph with Nicki in various sexual positions. And I don’t know about you, but looking at a photograph of a fully-dressed man mounting Nicki Minaj’s glassy-eyed waxwork whilst pulling on her hair makes me feel physically sick. It may not actually be sexual assault, but it damn well feels like it. And whilst Nicki has said on Instagram that she loves the waxwork (though there are rumours that she initially expressed her disappointment, before removing the comments due to backlash) she has yet to respond to the photos of her waxwork clone being fondled, groped, and molested.

Tussauds have responded to complaints, stating that “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 guest behaviour in the attraction and do our utmost to ensure our wax figures are treated respectfully, but on this occasion clearly one of of our hosts was not present.” And, in the couple of days since the photos began to emerge, they have clearly changed their mind about what they initially thought was a good idea and have announced they are going to redesign the set around her so that nobody can gain physical access to the model.

That’s great, but it’s not really good enough. As fellow musician Azealia Banks wrote on Twitter: “As much as that woman has accomplished, they had to put her on all fours… Why not standing up with a mic in her hand ???” Redesigning the set for the waxwork isn’t an efficient response to the overwhelming complaint and backlash that this model has received. If Tussauds wanted to bother to at least pretend to show Nicki Minaj a single iota of respect, they would melt that waxwork down and create a new one that depicts her as she truly is.

The Queen of Rap.

Words by Sophie Elliott

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Nicki Minaj loves her new wax figure — but it’s bringing out the worst in people

On Aug. 4, Madame Tussauds unveiled a wax statue Minaj. Instead of depicting he wearing a colorful wig and singing, museum chose one of the defiant poses she struck in “Anaconda” — one of her on all fours with a defiant look. Minaj absolutely loved it. But Azealia Banks predicted exactly what was going to happen.

miley gets to have their body + agency protected and awarded voty at the vmas when all they did was sit their lily white ass on a wrecking ball meanwhile nicki is hypersexualized everyday for owning her sexuality in an industry where she doesn’t fit the quota in terms of beauty standards + can’t even have her own wax figure at madame tussauds without it being degraded and got paid dust for anaconda but okay destiny twerks for a year and suddenly they know everything and racism is over :/ 

Vincent Van Gogh used to eat yellow paint because he thought it would get the happiness inside him. Many people thought he was mad and stupid for doing so because the paint was toxic, never mind that it was obvious that eating paint couldn’t possible have any direct correlation to one’s happiness, but I never saw that. If you were so unhappy that even the maddest ideas could possible work, like painting the walls of your internal organs yellow, than you are going to do it. It’s really no different than falling in love or taking drugs. There is a greater risk of getting your heart broken or overdosing, but people still do it everyday because there was always that chance it could make things better. Everyone has their yellow paint.