US wax museum mocked over less than perfect celebrity likenesses of Princess Diana and President Trump

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Officials at the Dreamland Wax Museum say they're embracing the extra attention brought by waves of online hecklers who have lampooned some of its less-than-flattering likenesses.

A wax figure of Diana, Princess of Wales, is displayed at the Dreamland Wax Museum.

A wax figure of Diana, Princess of Wales, is displayed at the Dreamland Wax Museum.

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"It's absolutely been a blessing to have all of that controversy," said Michael Pelletz, the museum's vice president of sales. "Even if it's negative press, it's working wonderfully."

Photos of the museum's life-sized wax figures have been circulating online since it opened its doors in July, in some cases inspiring scorching ridicule.

It started with a wax portrayal of President Donald Trump that some say looks more like South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Shameka Nurse, a guest host at the Dreamland Wax Museum, works tending to the Donald Trump wax figure standing in an Oval Office scene at the museum.

Shameka Nurse, a guest host at the Dreamland Wax Museum, works tending to the Donald Trump wax figure standing in an Oval Office scene at the museum.

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Then it was a statue of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady that some called "creepy," with one online critic saying it looks like someone who "would murder you and hide the body."

Mr Pelletz says some of the figures aren't perfect because they're based on photos instead of actual measurements from the celebrities.

And if the sculptors aren't keenly familiar with every contour of Brady's face, he said they can be forgiven — most are based overseas, in London and Paris.

Still, Mr Pelletz said even the imperfect statues are works of art that take months to create.

"I'm proud of every single wax figure in here," he said. "Some people love Picasso, some people don't. It's perception."

Going forward, most new models will be created only after artists sit down with the subject to gather dozens of dimensions.

The goal is to add about five statues a year, mostly of stars with roots in Boston.

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