11 Statues That Look Nothing Like Their Celebrity Counterparts
First Lady Melania Trump was honored in her home country of Slovenia with a hand-carved wooden statue in the city of Sevnica which shows Mrs. Trump adorned in the powder blue suit by Ralph Lauren Collection she wore at her husband Donald Trump's 2017 inauguration. The statue was commissioned by Berlin-based American artist Brad Downey and created by Ales "Maxi" Zupevc, a local Slovenian artist, who used a chainsaw to carve out the First Lady's likeness. Local residents gave their opinion on the Trump statue, which ranged from admiration to disdain.
Madame Tussauds enlisted fans on Twitter to help determine which style to use for Grande's new wax figure: "Classic Ari," "Sassy Ari" or "Princess Ari." Classic Ari won but once the singer's figure was revealed, some fans were baffled by the lack of resemblance based on her facial features and makeup.
"Nothing against the work, but ... that's really bad," one Twitter user wrote.
“the longer i look,, the more confused i get,” another tweeted.
Fans of the late comedy icon were outraged by a bronze sculpture that was created to honor Ball in her hometown of Celoron, New York. One fan took it upon himself to create a Facebook page entitled "We Love Lucy! Get Rid of this Statue" to put pressure on the town's mayor to redo the statue.
"I think it looks like a monster. That is just my opinion," the Facebook organizer, who wished to remain anonymous, told Yahoo! News in 2015. “When you see it at night, it is frightening.”
Fortunately, the super fan got his wish and a new statue was created to replace the original one. He also renamed his Facebook page "We Love Lucy - and we got our new statue" to commemorate the town's win.
The host poked fun at her unconvincing wax figure during Benedict Cumberbatch's 2018 visit, showing a side-by-side of his own meticulously made likeness and the dated creation that's supposed to resemble her. "Who is that?!" she asked. Unfortunately, we have no answers.
The two-time World Cup soccer champion was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on May 2018, and the bronze plaque they presented to her looked a little … different to what Chastain usually looks like. "It's not the most flattering," she said. "But it's nice." However, Twitter didn't let the artist off the hook so easily, comparing the plaque's image to that of Gary Busey, Mickey Rooney, Babe Ruth, Nathan Lane, a "stoned" Jimmy Carter and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
Turns out being a world-famous soccer player doesn't guarantee an impeccable tribute. Ronaldo's bust — unveiled in 2017 at the renaming of Portugal’s Madeira International Airport to Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo —set the Internet ablaze thanks to its, uh, quirks. The website Bleacher Report commissioned a second bust one year later; this one was better received.
Perhaps because it was unveiled the same week as Ronaldo's, WWE star Flair's statue also earned some Internet buzz for the extra-generous hair, muscles and, uh, other extremities. All that was missing, some joked? A button that made it say "Woo!"
In what looks like a very flexible character from a straight-to-video horror film, the legendary supermodel's statue, on display at the British Museum, is one valuable piece of art. The tangled figure is made of 50 kilograms of solid gold.
Ronaldo just can't catch a break. The athlete's statue in his home of Madeira boasts features that bear more of a resemblance to Dolph Lundgren in Rocky IV than its real-life counterpart.
The most memorable part about Firth's statue isn't its homage to Firth's Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, it's the fact that the 12-foot-tall (!) statue was erected in the middle of a lake in London's Hyde Park.
Murray looks appropriately thrilled with this representation of the athlete as one of China's famous Terracotta warrior statues. The statue's giant square head and grimace does indeed seem primed for war — not a friendly game of tennis — as the racket would suggest.