Worst Celebrity Wax Figures
May 18, 2023
Celebrity wax figures take time, energy, and precision to create. So when the final product looks nothing like the star it's supposed to, it's disappointing.
Some wax figures turn out impressive and look almost identical to the celebrity that inspired it. Others have incorrect face proportions or inaccurate coloring (like one of Beyoncé's, which many criticized for looking too orange).
Keep reading to see the celebrity wax figures that turned out horribly wrong.
Days before Julia Roberts won an Oscar for best actress for her starring role in "Erin Brockovich," a wax figure was made to immortalize the moment. Roberts was in her 30s when she won the award, but the wax figure looks like an aged and frightening version of the actress. And although Roberts was known for her curly hair at one point, she actually attended the 73rd Oscars with a sleek hairstyle.
Wax figures of Beyoncé have proven to be problematic because the creators failed to achieve the correct skin tone for the singer. In 2017, many people were frustrated by a wax figure that was too light-skinned, and then became too orange.
The first statue of the singer was unveiled in 2004, a year after her "Dangerously in Love" album was released. The wax figure is supposed to be a replica of Beyoncé's look in her "Crazy in Love" music, but the hair and makeup don't resemble hers.
This wax figure of Lindsay Lohan was unveiled in April 2006 and although it comes close to the "Mean Girls" actress, it still doesn't quite look like her. Like Roberts' figure, Lohan's looks older than her and doesn't capture her youthful look and personality. It also looks orange in comparison to Lohan's real skin color.
We really don't know who this wax figure is next to Angelina Jolie and baby Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, but it doesn't resemble Brad Pitt at all. Jolie's statue looks similar to the actress, but Pitt's does not look like him. It might as well be a stranger placed near Jolie.
Thankfully, more accurate wax figures of Pitt were unveiled in 2012 and 2013.
This wax figure was unveiled in 2007 in London, England, the same year that "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" was released in theaters. Unfortunately, it looks much older than the actor, who was only about 18 years old when the wax figure came out.
DiCaprio's 2007 wax figure is a terrifying version of the award-winning actor. The eye color, lip shade, and hair style differ from that of DiCaprio, who starred in "The Departed" and "Blood Diamond" one year before the figure was unveiled.
In honor of the 44th president and former first lady, wax figures of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama were unveiled in January 2010. Unfortunately Michelle's didn't turn out as well as it should have.
The wax figure's color is off, the hairstyle isn't quite right, and Michelle doesn't look like that when she smiles with her teeth.
A more accurate figure of Michelle was unveiled in January 2013, though.
Robert Pattinson is known for his messy hair during his "Twilight" days. So when this wax figure was unveiled in April 2011, it was puzzling. The hairstyle on the figure looks nothing like Pattinson's, even though he was sporting a flatter style at one point in 2010. While the facial features are certainly accurate, the hair is not, and that can't be overlooked.
In April 2012, Madame Tussauds released wax figures inspired by iconic Marvel superheroes as part of an interactive exhibit. One of the characters included was Thor, who is played by Chris Hemsworth. One of the most obvious faults with the wax figure is that the hair color doesn't match Hemsworth's. Hemsworth's hair is blonde, meanwhile the wax figure's mane looks much lighter and borderline platinum blonde.
This wax figure of Justin Timberlake, which was unveiled in April 2014, looks like a chilling version of the "Mirrors" singer. The side smirk and the way one of the eyebrows raises at the end makes the figure look creepy. If anything, this version of Timberlake looks like it belongs in one of the "Twilight" films.
The eye makeup on this wax figure of Gomez is very similar to that of the "Bad Liar" singer, but something about the figure's facial structure looks off. The jawline on the wax figure is more pronounced than Gomez's rounded shape, which completely changes the look of the statue.
Prior to the unveiling of this wax figure, Madame Tussauds released several other statues of Jennifer Lopez from different times in her life. One of the most accurate ones was unveiled in 2014. This one, which was released a year later, does not even look like the "On the Floor" singer.
Madame Tussauds has released several wax figures of Zac Efron. The first one was inspired by Efron's role as Troy Bolton in Disney's "High School Musical" films. The statue was unveiled in 2008 and looks terrifying, mainly because of the figure's unsettling smile.
Despite this poor replica of Efron, a more accurate wax figure was unveiled in 2015.
This wax figure was inspired by Michael Jackson's 1987 "Bad" look, and although the clothing matches the late singer, the same can't be said about the figure's face. The eyes don't quite resemble Jackson's and his overall facial expression looks alarming or menacing (even though he's supposed to appear as though he's in the middle of performing).
With "Game of Thrones" in its final season, Dublin's National Wax Museum Plus debuted a statue intended to look like Daenerys Targaryen. Although the figure's hair is styled in a similar manner, the eyebrows are far too dark. The eyes of the statue are also a different shape and color compared to Clarke's.
The wax figure was unveiled at Madama Tussauds Wax Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2015.
The statue has the same pose as Minaj in her 2014 music video, but her facial features aren't quite correct.
In January 2020, it was moved to the wax museum's location in Berlin, Germany, and received new waves of backlash from fans, who said the wax figure missed the mark.