Celebrities and other well-known public figures have become apart of many of our lives. Whether you watch them in movies, on television shows, or they are in your favorite band, celebrities are all around us. They even have their own museum featuring some of the most popular celebrities over years. In 1835, wax sculptor, Marie Tussaud opened up a museum that displayed her creations in London. The museum became known as Madame Tussauds.
Since many of us may never get the chance to meet or even see some of our favorite celebrities, Madame Tussauds features an alternative. Madame Tussauds features a variety of life-size wax models. At the museum you area able to take a look at different figures in a variety of categories including, Hollywood stars, leaders, pop stars, cultural figures, sports stars, characters, TV stars, Bollywood stars, and Royals. Some of the figures you may see are Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Aniston, Barack Obama, Princess Diana, Shah Rukh Khan, Sofia Vergara, Carmelo Anthony, Albert Einstein and even Spider-Man.
Making these life-like models is not an easy task. To start, hundreds of measurements are taken from the actual celebrity or public figure to ensure that they have the correct proportions in place. The sculptors then use clay to form the mold. Once the mold is set, molten wax is poured into it. Once the wax figure is set and the mold is taken off, the fine details are put in place including, hair, skin tone, make-up, etc. Overall, the process takes up to four months to create a single wax figure. However, once the wax figure is complete, some may have a hard time determining whether it is the actual person or the wax figure!
Since becoming a staple in London, Madame Tussauds has expanded to 18 other locations throughout the world. They now have museums in Amsterdam, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Blackpool, Hollywood, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, Prague, San Francisco, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Washington D.C., Wien, and Wuhan. Each location features hundreds of wax figures. Some of the wax figures may be seen in multiple locations and others are tailored for their location.
For over 200 years, the sculptors at Madame Tussauds have been making these incredible works of art. If you love celebrities or other public figures, this is the museum for you to check out! Also, if you think you know your celebrity knowledge, test your knowledge with the fun new trivia game, Celebrity Guess!