Pia Wurtzbach Is The First Filipino To Get A Madame Tussauds Wax Figure
Her wax figure will be unveiled in Madame Tussauds Hong Kong in early 2019.
On Pia Wurtzbach's 29th birthday, she got a record-breaking birthday present — a Madame Tussauds wax figure of herself. This makes her the first Filipino to get a Madame Tussauds statue! Read on to learn more about the Pia Wurtzbach Madame Tussauds wax figure.
"When I found out, I was so excited. I couldn’t believe it! In my head, this is something only happens to big stars,” said Pia in a press statement. “I go to Madame Tussauds, so I know what it’s like and how fun it is there. And now, thinking that I’m going to be one of them, I’m very honoured, I’m very grateful, and I can’t wait to see it.”
Madame Tussauds General Manager Jenny You said that this was their way of valuing the Filipino community visiting and living in Hong Kong.
"With Pia’s sweet, positive and fun personality, we really could not have imagined having anyone but her to represent the Philippines in this way and what better way to share this milestone but on her birthday,” said Madame Tussauds General Manager Jenny You in a press statement.
“More than being a queen, she has all the makings of an icon and we’re proud to be able to house her wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong for the rest of the world to be able to interact with,” she continued.
Wurtzbach said that she isn't sure if Madame Tussauds will be using the blue Albert Andrada gown she wore when she won the Miss Universe crown in Las Vegas, or the Michael Cinco gown she wore when she was relinquishing her crown. "But definitely, it's gonna be blue," she says.
Pia Wurtzbach Madame Tussauds wax figure: How it will be made
Madame Tussauds is a wax museum that started in London over 200 years ago. Since then, it has opened museums all over the world, including Hong Kong in 2000. Known for its lifelike wax figures of historical personalities and contemporary celebrities, Madame Tussauds attracts millions of visitors every year.
The artists at Madame Tussauds take painstaking efforts to make each wax figure look as realistic as possible, taking note of every visible detail, from the exact hair and eye colour to the smallest mole. During Wurtzbach's sitting, Madame Tussauds staff took over 250 measurements of her face and body. These measurements were then sent to Madame Tussauds' central studios in London, where every wax figure is made before they are sent all over the world.
“It was really quite a process and it's so high tech! One second they were only taking a photo of my face then next thing I know, I see my face from different angles so instantly. It’s amazing,” Wurtzbach said about the process.
Each figure takes 15 artists 3 to 4 months to complete. After the sculpting in clay and wax is done, each strand of hair is individually inserted by hand — this process alone takes around six weeks to complete. Then, oil paints are used to replicate the celebrity's skin colour. Afterwards, the eyes and teeth are inserted.
The Pia Wurtzbach Madame Tussauds wax figure will be unveiled in early 2019.