Michelle Obama Wax Figure: Madame Tussauds

January 28, 2009

First Lady Michelle Obama will be immortalized in wax. Madame Tussauds Washington, DC Wax Museum is at work on a wax figure set for unveiling in March 2009. See photos and video here.

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Michelle Obama’s wax figure will join those of only two other First Ladies in the Washington, DC museum; Jacqueline Kennedy and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The museum announced that Merlin Studios in London has been at work on the wax figure since December 2008. The staff began preliminary work by studying photos and video of First Lady Michelle Obama. The senior sculptor Colin Jackson is working on the clay head mold of the First Lady. The clay molds are just one preliminary step in the lengthy and detailed process of creating the lifelike figures for which the museum is renown; for instance, strands of hair are inserted one at a time.

“As our nation’s first African-American first lady, a proud working mom and a budding style icon, Mrs. Obama is a role model to women around the corner, and around the globe,” Janine DiGioacchino, general manager of Madame Tussauds in New York and Washington, said in a statement.

Once the wax figure is completed and unveiled, it will join the wax figure of President Barack Obama in an Oval Office replica in the museum. The President’s wax figure was unveiled on January 15, 2009, just ahead of the Inauguration simultaneously at Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC, London, Berlin, New York and Las Vegas.

The Madame Tussauds wax museums have a long history; the London museum was originally established by celebrated wax sculptor, Marie Tussaud (1761-1850) who sculpted several famous people of the day, including Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin.

Here are two photos of Colin Jackson working on the clay mold of Michelle Obama’s head. More photos and a video are below.

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Photos: wenn.com

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