“Nicki Minaj’s wax figure has not been removed from Madame Tussauds Las Vegas,” Cole Kouvaris from Madame Tussauds says in a statement sent to Billboard. “The set has merely been adjusted.”
Reports started popping up Wednesday (Sept. 9) that the controversial wax figure was slated for removal, but Kouvaris’ statement seems to reiterate plans announced last month to redesign the set around the wax figure.
On Aug. 18, the museum said it would install extra security around the statue due to an inappropriate fan photo and also mentioned new set-design plans. “We are 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.”
In addition to the questionable fan photo, Azealia Banks also took issue with the figure being “bent over on all fours.” For her part, Minaj seems pleased with her wax likeness, calling it “so iconic.”