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Life-Like Wax Figures at Madame Tussauds: Can You Tell the Difference?

Test your powers of perception on these images of waxen (or not) celebrities

One of the great visitor attractions in New York City’s Times Square is Madame Tussauds. The NYC branch of the London original is filled with waxen celebrities of all types (Oscar winners, sports champions, newsmakers, pop goddesses, historical figures, you name it and they’re here), and the resemblance to the real thing is uncanny. Indeed half the fun of being at Madame Tussauds is to smile and pose for photographs and then tease your friends about your recent celebrity encounter. All of this got us thinking, when removed of context, can you really tell if that Taylor Lautner is real or wax? We recently posed that question to our Facebook audience and they responded with their own guesses and a few photos. See the results below and enjoy this peek into the world-famous attraction.

 

Jennifer Aniston

Guess which Jennifer Aniston is real.

 

Taylor Lautner

Are either of these two Taylor Lautners real?

 

Rihanna

Is this Rihanna real or fake?

 

Bruce Willis

Is the Bruce Willis on the left the real deal?

Answers:
The Jennifer Aniston on the right is real (Photo: Jag Gundu/Getty Images).
Both Taylor Laudners are wax (Photo right: Yusimi Sayus).
Yep, that Rihanna is fake, fake, fake.
Neither of the Willises are the real deal  (Photo left: Merlin Studios), (Photo right: Yusimi Sayus).

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