The focus of Filipino beauty pageant followers right now might be on current Miss Universe title-holder Catriona Gray, but never far from their hearts is the Australian-Filipina’s “predecessor,” the 2015 Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. She did, after all, finally break the long Miss Universe drought for the Philippines, after Margarita Moran won way back in 1973. Since that momentous occasion over three years ago, Pia has engaged in various activities, from acting, to contest judging (“Asia’s Next Top Model: Cycle 5” and Miss Universe 2017), and humanitarian advocate. Many accolades have been granted to her, the latest being her own Madame Tussaud’s wax statue.
CNN Philippines has it that Madame Tussaud’s Hong Kong has finally unveiled their wax statue rendition of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. Commenters who have seen the image on social media are mostly in agreement that the wax museum has captured the beauty queen’s likeness accurately. The statue shows Pia as from the 2016 Miss Universe pageant held in Manila, where she passed on her crown to that year’s winner, Miss France Iris Mittenaire. Pia also posed with the statue, which is depicted holding a replica Mikimoto Crown, as if to put in on the head of somebody in front.
Other details of the wax statue were faithfully copied from Pia’s appearance over two years ago. The beauty queen reveals that Michael Cinco, who designed the blue evening gown she wore for the 2016 Miss Universe coronation night, actually went and duplicated the garment to be worn by the wax statue. It is, as expected, a perfect fit on the body, as Pia recalls how it had taken the Madame Tussaud’s Hong Kong design team four hours to fully measure her dimensions for the project.
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We're proud to finally unveil the first Filipino wax figure, none other than Pia Wurtzbach! A big thank you to our friends from the press for attending today's launch, and to our partners Cathay Pacific and Klook for helping us bring Pia'a wax figure closer to Filipinos. 👑 See you tomorrow at the SM Mega Fashion Hall for a chance to get amazing travel deals! Every Cathay Pacific ticket to Hong Kong comes with a Madame Tussauds Hong Kong pass, redeemable via the Klook app. Limited supply only, so come early! #PiaMadeIconic #PiaWurtzbach @piawurtzbach @cathaypacific @klooktravel_ph #madametussauds #香港杜莎夫人蠟像館 #madametussaudshongkong #hongkong #peak
The official Madame Tussaud’s Hong Kong Instagram page featured more photos of Pia Wurtzbach and her wax double from the unveiling held at the EDSA Shangri-La. Tussaud’s billed her statue as the first for a Filipino. She even went as far as putting on her original Michael Cinco gown and accessories to fully sell the twin effect, with her and the statue being almost indistinguishable from one another. Also included in the photos are Madame Tussaud’s general manager (HK) Jenny You, plus representatives from the wax museum’s sponsor Cathay Pacific. On her Instagram account, Pia thanked her family and all Filipinos for their unfailing support before, during and even after her time as Miss Universe.
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First selfie! 💙 This couldn’t be more perfect for #ThrowbackThursday! Feels like I’m reliving my crowning moment back in 2015! It’s surreal to see my wax figure in the flesh…and I’m really really honored to be the first Filipino to be part of Madame Tussauds! Dedicating this to my family, loved ones, and to all Filipinos! Maraming salamat sa suporta all these years. Magkita-kita tayo bukas sa SM Mega Fashion Fall when we unveil the wax figure to the public. Can’t wait! 💙💙💙 @madametussaudshongkong #PIAmadeIconic
Pia’s Madame Tussaud’s wax statue will be exhibited to the public for a limited time at the SM Megamall Mega Fashion Hall starting this Friday.
Image courtesy of GMA Network