Pia Wurtzbach became the first Filipino beauty queen to be commemorated by the iconic Madame Tussauds wax museum as she personally revealed her mirror image at a hotel in Mandaluyong City. The wax figure would be flown for display at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.
Her rule as Miss Universe 2015 may have ended, but Pia Wurtzbach lingers to make a stir in the international scene.
“I’m at a loss for words. I’m so happy to be chosen as the first Filipina to have a wax figure at Madame Tussauds, so I’m really grateful for that. And I think that people around the world are now coming to know more about Filipinos and also about beauty queens, and I’m just so happy that I’m able to share this moment with my countrymen first,” as the 29-year-old told on the sidelines of the big reveal.
The wax figure, which immortalizes Wurtzbach resigning the famed Miss Universe Mikimoto crown to her successor in 2016, perfectly reproduces the beauty queen’s physical features, including her Swarovski-embellished royal blue ball gown by Michael Cinco.
“Madame Tussauds chose this pose [where I am holding out the crown] because they wanted something interactive, where people can have their own crowning moment as Miss Universe and take pictures,” Wurtzbach enlightened.
Elle Rex, Madame Tussauds’ studio manager, cited a team came to Manila to take Wurtzbach’s measurements and photographs.
“Our UK team composed of photographers, sculptors, as well as our Hong Kong team flew here to take hundreds of measurements of Pia. She also had to hold the pose for a long time and they had to make her turn 360 degrees to make sure we get each and every angle right,” Rex stated.
“Her dentists even shared her dental impression with us so we can restore her teeth for the wax figure,” Rex added.
It took some 20 artists and about six months to complete the wax figure in London.
Wurtzbach’s wax figure will be unveiled this weekend at the SM Mega Fashion Hall.