Azealia Banks Was Right About Nicki Minaj’s Wax Figure

The Las Vegas branch of Madame Tussauds unveiled a wax statue of Nicki Minaj earlier this month, which should be cause for celebration. Unfortunately, the museum decided to position Minaj on her hands and knees, in a pose that would seem degrading had it not been taken directly from last year’s “Anaconda” video. Azealia Banks took to Twitter over the weekend to state that the statue should’ve showcased Minaj standing upright with a microphone, performing, rather than on all fours:

Banks had a point, but after the statue was revealed, Minaj posted a photo on Instagram with a caption stating that she loved the iconic “Anaconda” pose and was looking forward to seeing it in person.

I love it and I can't wait to see it 😍

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But after a mere two weeks, Madame Tussauds decided to re-design Minaj’s statue when their selfie contest turned into an opportunity for people to pose with Minaj in a lewd and untasteful manner. If you search #mtnickiselfie, a lot of unfortunate images come up, like this one:

or this one:

… and finally, this one.

According to Vulture, Minaj laughed off the more casual poses but has yet to respond to the pointedly creepy ones. Madame Tussauds reports that Minaj and her team were informed of the chosen pose and kept in the loop before it was revealed at the beginning of the month. Get the whole scoop here.