That “Ariana” above may have skin that looks airbrushed with oil-based paint and hair pulled from a bag, but that’s not a wax version of Ariana Grande. It’s the real thing, so pay attention to the details in that face. You’re going to want to return to them later after you wonder what the hell went wrong at the wax factory.
People says that Madame Tussauds in London asked fans back in April to choose which version of Ariana they wanted to see for a limited-time during this summer. And the fans chose “Classic Ari,” which is basically Ariana in a sweatshirt with no pants. So it was done, and Madame Tussauds unveiled Classic Ari on Monday. Normally a wax figure of Ariana Grande might make the news because they were able to carve it out of a single birthday candle (that’s a joke about how tiny she is). But this one is getting attention because – in true Madame Tussauds tradition – it only barely looks like her.
You chose Classic Ari!
— Madame Tussauds (@MadameTussauds) May 21, 2019
People points out that all those Ariana fans hoping to see Classic Ari are now wondering “classic in what sense exactly?” One fan wrote: “Nothing against the work, but…that’s really bad.” Another wrote: “Doesn’t even slightly resemble her…wyd.” My personal favorite is the person who wrote: “Oh miss Ari I’m sorry sweetie.” Now, it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever seen. Sure, it’s less like a wax figure of current-day Ariana Grande, and more like Sam & Cat-era Ariana mixed with Nasim Pedrad in a Khloe Kardashian wig.
Ariana herself has addressed that wax figure, albeit through a vague comment left on an Instagram account.
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I just wanna talk…to the manager, I hope. And it’s not like it’s that difficult to make a wax figure that resembles Ariana Grande. Here’s the attempt by Madame Tussauds in Germany.
I’m starting to think Madame Tussauds did this on purpose. They obviously made their Ariana so unconvincing because they didn’t want to find Pete Davidson slinking around at closing time to ask if she’ll give him another chance. They really should have included that in their press release.