Lessons from Nicki Minaj’s Wax Figure

 

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Nicki Minaj’s hit “Anaconda” keeps reappearing in the news. Earlier, the song started the Twitter war between Nicki and Taylor Swift. Some weeks later, “Anaconda” is back in the spotlight. For Nicki Minaj’s wax figure, Madame Tussauds decided that the suggestive pose of Nicki on her knees was the perfect representation of her career. Nicki’s pose is iconic for “Anaconda”, but did Madame Tussauds really have to make a wax figure out of it?

There’s no denying that Nicki has used her sex appeal during her music career. Nicki has the hits that make you want to pop your booty while proclaiming you’re the new ruler. Nicki’s beautiful but more importantly she’s talented. Unfortunately, her wax figure only concentrates on her sex appeal. Like really Madame Tussauds, the wax figure doesn’t even have a microphone.

To no surprise, the wax figure has been victim to tomfoolery. There are pictures of men mounting wax Nicki and women smacking the wax figure’s butt.  When you look at other famous musicians’ figures, they are standing with microphones or awards. Katy Perry who loves to move her ta- tas gets to have a figure with her standing up, and there aren’t pictures of guests grabbing her assets. Miley Cryus’ wax figure isn’t her riding a wrecking ball. She’s sliding down a giant tongue.

Madame Tussauds says that they are going to set up security around Nicki’s wax figure. However, the damage is done and we’ve been reminded of the important politics regarding Black femininity and sexuality. We’ve learned that a song can be iconic enough to gain a wax figure, but not iconic enough to gain an award nomination. Additionally, we’ve been told that Black women can have their sexuality as long as someone else controls it. The moment that Black women try to use their sexuality for personal empowerment, it gets shut down.

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