You know you’ve made it when you find out that a wax work is going to be made of you. With so many iconic Hollywood stars already immortalized as a statue, the thought of having the honour bestowed upon you must be exciting for some stars. What’s not so great is when your wax work that is supposed to look identical to you looks nothing like you or is a much uglier version. Awkward! Wax figures are shown in exhibitions or at the famous tourist attraction named Madame Tussaud located all over the world. People LOVE to pose with the plastic stars.
We’ve counted down what we think are the 15 most shocking wax figures that should never have seen the light of day. Beware – some of these might give you nightmares!
15. Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson became a household name when he played the role of Edward Cullen in the hit movie series Twilight. With such success in the world of acting, he earned himself a wax work. One that looked like it was going to fall asleep! His eyes are half shut and didn’t look like his character in Twilight at all! His skin is pale like the character but blotchy like the wax work wasn’t quite finished yet. The eyes are so off that you would have to look twice at the statue to try guess who it’s supposed to be. The success of twilight didn’t just earn him a collection of wax figures. On November 3rd 2011, he, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner put their signature along with their hand and foot prints into wet concrete at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
14. Justin Timberlake
Ever wondered what Justin Timberlake would look like as a vampire? Well this wax work of him is probably a good example. Since breaking out as a solo artist after being part of successful 90s boyband *N’SYNC, Justin has made it big as an individual. This wax work shown is supposed to portray the Suit and Tie image he had going on when returning with his third studio album The 20/20 Experience. His skin is a weird color and looks pretty drugged up. The hair is a bad representation and this is an all round bad wax work. If you were introduced to Justin through this wax work you wouldn’t believe that he was ever bringing sexy back! The Cry Me A River star hasn’t been offered a vampire role to play since this wax work came out, surprisingly.
13. Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus has had various wax works done over the years due to her constant reinventions but her absolute worst one has to be her Hannah Montana statue. I mean.. it doesn’t even look anything like Miley or the character she was portraying. Hannah Montana never had hair that dark and funnily enough the wax work looks scared for its life like it’s just seen it’s own reflection in the mirror. There is no way you would know that was supposed to be her unless the name was written next to the statue! With multi platinum albums and hit movies under her belt, we’re sure this hasn’t bothered Miley that much but STILL.. imagine you’re a teenager and you’re told you were going to get a wax work of yourself and it looks like THAT.
12. Britney Spears
For those that grew up listening to Britney Spears, a chance to visit her wax work is probably really exciting since it’s the closest a lot of her fans will get to meeting her in the flesh! Britney is known for her all American girl next door look with a little sex appeal. Her wax work unfortunately is super disappointing. Like Miley, her statues have changed over the years and most of them have been pretty good but this one is definitely the worst of the bunch. The image they’ve chosen to portray isn’t an iconic look that people remember and the face they’ve attempted to copy isn’t Britney one bit. The Oops! I Did It Again singer probably didn’t recognise herself when visiting her own statue.
11. Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson has had SO many different wax works made of him. And rightfully so! The King of Pop is one of the world’s most famous entertainers and deserves to be in every exhibition of wax works! The wax work shown above is almost like a tribute act trying to look like Michael. It doesn’t look like Michael all the way and it doesn’t look like a plastic statue, it looks like a real person that’ll move and speak to you when you take a photo next to it! What makes it obvious that it’s Michael is the outfit and maybe the hair. The facial expression is a little scary and the eyes look nothing like Jackson’s. The Smooth Criminal superstar has the best selling studio album of all time so it’s not all bad.
The Titanic movie has got to be one of the most famous films of all time. Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet played the characters of Jack and Rose whom the public fell in love with. With the movie being so iconic with so many memorable scenes, it would have been important to get the wax work just right! The statue of Jack above looks more like his character than Rose but doesn’t catch the essence of what their characters were really like. Jack doesn’t look like he cares about Rose in the slightest as his hands aren’t engaging with her. Rose looks scared for her life and nothing like Kate Winslet. It looks more like amateurs attempting to re-create the scene in a low budget play. Ouch.
9. Naomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell is one of the worlds most successful supermodels in the world who is still working today! From various covers of Vogue to being executive producer of TV shows – Campbell’s career is still going strong! What isn’t working for her is this wax work which does not do her face justice at all. Quite frankly, a cell a phone should be throne at it because it’s ugly as hell and Naomi is definitely not. I wonder if Naomi’s face looked more pissed than the statue when she was shown it? If I was the person who made this wax work, I wouldn’t own up to it! We’ll just pretend we never saw this wax work and that the only Naomi we’ve seen is the lady in fashion magazines and the catwalk queen who knows how to strut her stuff.
Trying to master Beyonce’s beauty must be challenging when she’s considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. With many wax works of herself, one that stands out is her Crazy In Love music video look. Something about the facial expression seems really off. It looks like she’s attempting to smile but really she is smelling something really funky. The eyes look dead and lifeless. This might only be a wax figure but they are supposed to look realistic. The Drunk In Love singer has sold an estimated 100 million records throughout her career as a solo artist and a further 60 million records with the group Destiny’s Child which makes her one of the best selling music artists in history. So whether she has a dodgy wax work or not, I guess she has other things to be proud of!
7. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp has played various iconic characters over the years during his successful movie career. In 2005 he played the character of Willy Wonka in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory re-make. His look as Willy Wonka was very different to the original character but is recognizable all over the world. The wax figure shown above looks as though Depp has been in character everyday for the last 40 years. It looks old, sad and like he is in need of some candy. The make up is a little extreme and the skin isn’t pale enough. The hair could do with straightening, too! The movie re-make made 450 million dollars at the box office becoming one of the most successful films at the cinema that year. Shame this wax work didn’t have the same impact.
6. Princess Diana
Princess Diana, what a beauty she was! Her short hair, beautiful eyes and loving personality had the world fall in love with her. The wax figure, however, we are not in love with. She looks lost and confused and should not be looking down! The angle is weird and doesn’t connect with the public that would visit it. She looks like she has a seriously fake tan going on. Diana, also known as the Princess of Wales sadly passed away on August 31 1997. Among the members of the Royal Family throughout history, Diana remains one of the most popular and still continues to influence the Royal Family and its young generation which makes this wax work even more disappointing! The Princess of Wales deserves better!
5. Charlie’s Angels
Charlie’s Angels is iconic AF. The three main characters portayed by Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu rightfully deserve wax works of themselves. If they saw what the wax work was going to look like then they probably would have stopped it happening altogether. Cameron’s eyes look dead, Drew looks like she’s about to fall over and the skin for all three of them looks either too pale or too blotchy. We wonder if the same person makes all of these really bad wax figures? Cameron looks nothing like her character and looks like she has aged by about 30 years. Lucy Liu is the only one that looks remotely similar to her character. With the success of the first Charlie’s Angels film, a sequel happened in 2003. A reboot of the film is scheduled for release in 2019.
4. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez AKA JLo is one of Hollywood’s most successful entertainers. She does it all – singing, acting, dancing, designing! She is one of pop culture’s most talked about celebrities, it’s not surprising she’s been given various wax works throughout her career. Something about this particular wax of Jennifer Lopez at Madame Tussauds is seriously strange though. Up close the face looks angry and her neck looks really thin making her head look large. Her facial features have been made too harsh which make her look too severe and cold. In 2013, Jennifer was presented with the prestigious landmark 2,500th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her musical contributions. In 2014, she became the first female recipient of the Billboard Icon Award. The If You Had My Love singer has thankfully seen better wax works of herself but this one has unfortunately been seen by most.
3. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber broke into the world of music as a teen sensation. This wax work shown above is supposed to represent him during his early career. Or so we are led to believe. It doesn’t look a thing like him apart from maybe the hair but still, that could be mistaken for anyone’s face and clothes. He looks far too orange and I don’t think his fan girl fans would be too pleased with this wax work if they went to go visit it. Is it too late now to say sorry? The What Do You Mean? singer has sold an estimated 100 million records, making him the best-selling male Canadian artist and one of the world’s best selling music artists. As his success continues that means more up to date wax works will be made but hopefully not as bad as this one!
2. Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts did you say? Hmm. We might need to take a lie detector test on that one. Julia might be known for her long curly hair in the 80s and early 90s but this wax figure isn’t fair due to how stunning she is in real life. She looks too masculine and not the natural beauty that she is. The Pretty Woman has won numerous awards in her career of acting including three Golden Globes, an Academy Award and a British Film Academy Award. Roberts was the highest paid actress in the world throughout most of the 1990s and in the first half of the 2000s which means this wax work is just insulting to someone who is so respected in the world of entertainment! Fortunately more up to date wax statues have appeared of Julia that do her much more justice.
1. Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe was known for her beautiful smile and her signature hair style but this wax work is a complete mess. The hair is similar but the face looks more scared than happy. The wax work looks like a deer caught in the headlights about to get run over. The American Film Institute named Monroe as the sixth greatest female screen legend in American film history. Marilyn passed away on August 5 1962 at the age of 36 and still remains an iconic figure in pop culture. She got famous for playing comic “dumb blonde” characters which made her one of the 1950s most famous sex symbols. No exhibition of wax figures is complete without Marilyn Monroe. It’s just a shame this one does her beauty and legacy no justice!
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