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Cheryl Cole was removed from Madame Tussauds for the most 21st-century reason
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Madame Tussauds in London houses a veritable zoo of lifelike waxworks of the influential and famous. Being enshrined in wax at Madame Tussauds is a sign that you made it. Being removed from the museum… not so much.

The waxy likeness of former Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole (who now just goes by Cheryl) was taken out of the famed museum. One of the metrics Madame Tussauds uses to determine the fate of a statue is if people are taking selfies with it. Unfortunately, people weren't posing with Cheryl as much as they used to, and the museum decided to axe the wax. This is the 21st century where much of our fate is determined by Instagram.

When wax mannequin Cheryl first went on display in 2010, she was a popular attraction. The figure was even updated a few times to reflect the changes in the singer's appearance. In 2014, her tiara and glittery red gown was swapped out for a glittery gold top and black pants. Her loose waves were styled into an updo, and they added replicas of the rings Cheryl's ex-husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini gave her.


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Cheryl is still relatively obscure in the states, but she was a huge star in Britain in the 2000s. She was part of the popular girl group Girls Aloud, and she became the first British female solo artist to have five number-one singles. Up until 2018, she also held the record for the British female solo artist with the most number-one singles in the U.K. She was even a judge on the "X Factor." So, yeah. She was a big deal.

Recently, her singles haven't been doing well on the charts, and L'Oreal ended their nine-year contract with Cheryl. Then, Madam Tussauds decided to stop displaying her waxwork.

"Our Cheryl figure is currently being stored in the London archives," a representative of Madam Tussauds told the Sun. "This isn't uncommon for our figures, as from time to time we do change who we have in the attraction. We are constantly reviewing our collection of figures to best represent what our visitors want to see."

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To add insult on injury, replicas of her former fellow "X Factor" judges are still on display in the museum. Likenesses of Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, and Louis Walsh reside in the halls of Madam Tussauds. A likeness of her ex-boyfriend, One Direction singer Liam Payne, lives there as well.

It's hard not to feel like this is one big metaphor for the 21st century. You can be a record holding powerhouse, but if you're not getting social media attention, it's time to pack you up and put you in storage.

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We can all be part of the giving movement

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

homelessness, bombasSocks are a simple comfort not everyone has access to

When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

beauty 2 the streetz, skid row laRaines is out there helping people feel their beautiful best

Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

step forward, helping homelessness, homeless non profitsRunning helps instill a sense of confidence and discipline—two key components of successful recovery

Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

step forward clinic, step forward alaska, homelessness alaskaWelcome to wild, beautiful and wet Alaska!

The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


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