Pop Goes The News — A wax figure of Nicki Minaj is being slammed as sexist — even though it’s been given a stamp of approval from the rap superstar herself.
According to a description from Madame Tussauds, which unveiled the likeness at its Las Vegas location on Aug. 4, “the provocative pose and styling” was inspired by the video for Minaj’s hit single “Anaconda.”
The company has also said Minaj’s representatives “were kept informed every step of the way during the figure-creation process.”
On Instagram, Minaj said of her wax figure: “I love it and I can’t wait to see it.”
Minaj is the first female rapper to be immortalized by Madame Tussauds, but Haley Goldberg of the New York Post isn’t impressed.
“The biggest congrats the wax museum deserves is finding a team of 20 highly skilled artists who failed to see anything wrong with this picture,” she wrote.
Goldberg pointed out that other female artists at Madame Tussauds — including Madonna, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga — are not sculpted in “a sexualized state.”
Rapper Azealia Banks agreed, tweeting on Aug. 11: “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?
“I would complain and ask for a do-over. That’s such underhanded shade.”
Banks predicted visitors to the attraction are going to “take pictures shoving their crotch in her face and putting their crotch on her butt” — and she was right.
A number of images have popped up on social media showing people rubbing the figure’s buttocks.
But it was a photo of a young man simulating a sex act with the wax figure that caused the biggest stir.
In a statement, Madama Tussauds said “it is unfortunate that this visitor decided to behave so inappropriately” and insisted staff are usually present to “ensure our wax figures are treated respectfully.”
The company said it is 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.”