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One of the most honorific gifts that a famous public figure can be bestowed with is their very own wax sculpture made by the world renowned Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

Since 1835, Madame Tussauds has been a global tourist attraction where people pay to see lifelike statues of their favorite stars from past to present. From Queen rapper Nicki Minaj’s hormone-inducing figure and the shock of rap mogul Diddy’s figure being beheaded, to the makeover aficionados who got a little too touchy with the Princess Of R&B Aaliyah, we can assume that many across the world simply can’t get enough when it comes to getting a glimpse at their faves. Even if strictly on wax.

The latest star to get the prestigious treatment is GRAMMY-winning rapstress Megan Thee Stallion, who received not one but two new wax statues that will be on display at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas and New York, respectively.



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Meg, the 28-year-old Houston-bred hottie who took hip-hop by storm just a few years ago, has amassed global fame in the time since releasing her 2018 breakout mixtape, Tina Snow. With big wins across the board at the AMA Awards, BET Awards, Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards, MTV VMAs, Soul Train Awards, NAACP Image Awards, GRAMMYs as previously mentioned and even a Guiness World Record to her name, it’s safe to say Thee Stallion is more than deserving of those two wax figures — heck, maybe even a few more! However, before she inevitably does, we’re recommending a handful of other Black icons who definitely deserve to be preserved in wax for the world to see.

From iconic activists and more than a few hitmakers, to the classic composers of all things fine art, we believe these 15 Black icons throughout history are more than deserving of a permanent place at Madame Tussauds.

Let’s hope the curators at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum take a few hints and start working on these wax figures of Black icons. Feel free to let us know who you think we missed:

1. Arthur Ashe, Tennis Legend

Arthur Ashe With Wimbledon Trophy Source:Getty

2. James Baldwin, American Novelist & Playwright

Writer James Baldwin Source:Getty

3. 6-Year-Old Ruby Bridges, Civil Rights Icon

Ruby Nell Bridges Source:Getty

4. Bessie Coleman, Civil Aviator

Pioneer Pilot Bessie Coleman Source:Getty

5. Langston Hughes, Pioneering Poet

Langston Hughes Source:Getty

6. Nina Simone, Singer-Songwriter & Activist

Nina Simone At The BBC Source:Getty

7. Janet Jackson, Reigning Pop Queen

Janet Jackson Performing In Concert Source:Getty

8. Kendrick Lamar, Hip-Hop Visionary

60th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show Source:Getty

9. Jay-Z, Renaissance Man Of Rap

Jay-Z At The MTV Europe Music Awards 2001 Source:Getty

10. Spike Lee, Film Extraordinaire

Lee, Aiello, & Others In 'Do The Right Thing' Source:Getty

11. Queen Latifah, Pioneer For Women In Hip-Hop

Queen Latifah Live In Concert Source:Getty

12. Quincy Jones, Game-Changing Music Composer

1991 Grammy Awards Source:Getty

13. Jean-Michel Basquiat, Neo-Expressionism Art Legend

Jean - Michel Basquiat at the surprise birthday party for Susanne Bartsch at the Rainbow Roof, at Steven Greenberg's office, 30 Rockefeller Plaza Source:Getty

14. TLC, Trailblazing R&B Trio

1999 MTV Video Music Awards Source:Getty

15. Sidney Poitier, Hollywood Icon

Sidney Poitier At The Oscars Source:Getty