Madame Tussauds removes wax figure of Kanye West from public view

Madame Tussauds has removed its wax figure of Kanye West from public view.

The model of the American rapper, who legally changed his name to Ye, has been transferred to an archive by the museum.

This follows several companies, including Adidas, ending their partnerships with West and his dropping from the Forbes billionaires list amid controversial remarks.

A spokeswoman for Madame Tussauds London told the PA news agency: ‘The figure of Ye (Kanye West) has been removed from the attraction floor in our records.

“Every profile deserves their place at Madame Tussauds London and we listen to our guests and the audience about who they expect to see at the attraction.”

The figurine was originally launched at the museum in 2015 alongside a waxwork by his then-wife, Kim Kardashian.

West was listed earlier this year at number 1,513 on Forbes’ rich list, valued at two billion dollars (£1.5 billion) due to his fashion brands and deal with Adidas.

On Tuesday, German sportswear company Adidas announced it was ending production of Yeezy, a fashion collaboration with West, following the rapper’s anti-Semitic remarks on social media.

Forbes now estimates West’s worth at $400m (£349m) – sourced from “property, cash, his music catalog and a 5% stake in the company of ex-wife Kim Kardashian’s form-fitting clothes, Skims”.

Talent agency CAA announced they had dropped West while fashion house Balenciaga also reportedly cut ties with the 45-year-old.

A Nike Air Yeezy prototype worn by rapper West at the 2008 Grammy Awards (Sotheby’s/PA)

A completed documentary about West was also shelved.

He also came under fire earlier this month for wearing a ‘White Lives Matter’ t-shirt while showing off his latest collection at Paris Fashion Week.

In recent days, his ex-wife Kardashian, 42, and family members have called for an end to the “terrible violence and hate speech” towards the Jewish community.

Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek also told Reuters news agency West’s comments were “awful” but his music would remain on the platform.

Ek added that it would be the decision of the rapper’s label, Universal Music’s Def Jam label, to remove the content if they were forced to.

Spotify has been contacted for comment.

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