Obviously when Madame Tussauds opened its first wax museum in London in 1835, the family never considered they’d be maxing wax figure homages to American teen pop stars. But they’ve willingly adapted with the times, and have even come up with a way to keep up with stars like Justin Bieber going through puberty and becoming legal: Make more statues!
I’ve seen at least four different statues from the various Madame Tussauds around the world in the ten minutes of looking online, so I’m hard-pressed to tell you what number this new one — in the Hollywood location — actually is. But suffice to say it’s for the Biebs’ 18th birthday, and it is the one that most resembles him.
My one beef is with the hair, which looks more like his bowl cut of three years ago than the stuck-up/Road Runner look he’s had for a while. But it’s probably easier to make flat hair than a spiky hairstyle.
The last time we reported on a new Bieber figure, the boy himself appeared at the unveiling and looked like he was trying to grope his doppelganger. Can we expect the same shenanigans, or is Bieber older and wiser? (If he doesn’t, rest assured that all the Beliebers who posted these creepy, sexual tweets yesterday are cracking their knuckles, ready to descend on his wax proxy.)
The fans could all take a page from 14-year-old fan Alisha, who won the chance to be the first one to pose with him. Bless her for not being obscene, though it’s too bad that all we have is this thumbnail.
Happy birthday, Justin! May you and Selena Gomez enjoy staring your wax lookalikes in their uncanny-valley eyes and seeing fans get to climb all over you in lieu of the real thing.