The uncanny-valley thing is just as easy to appreciate in a photo, and a real-life selfie with a celebrity—even D-list—is still cooler than posing with a glassy-eyed replica.
Compared to the real Beyoncé’s elaborate, couture-worthy stage costumes, wax Bey looks like she just left the Halloween store.
Allure magazine editor Michelle Lee has a theory: The second Beyoncé in Lee’s tweet (in pink) isn’t from Madame Tussauds, but rather from rival Louis Tussaud Waxworks, an establishment with a reputation for subpar craftsmanship.
The third Beyoncé is a Madame Tussauds creation: Getty Images records that statue, or a duplicate, on display in Hollywood in 2009 and in New York in 2004.
In fairness, Madame Tussauds did get this right at least once: This more recent wax Beyoncé (photographed in London in 2014) perhaps isn’t #flawless, but at least it’s recognizable, and the white leotard is a respectable replica of an actual performance outfit.