For numerous decades, actually over a century, the London wax museum of Madame Tussaud’s and the subsequent company that operated it and all subsequent branches around the world have been thrilling and attracting the attention and curiosity of a wide range of visitors. But in all that time, and among the many historical figures and international celebrities that have had Tussauds wax figures made of them, only a handful of Filipino personalities have lucked out. First had been boxing legend Manny Pacquiao; next was Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. Now, another beauty queen has been honored with a wax replica.
The Philippine Star reports that Miss Universe 2017 Catriona Gray has been honored with her own figure of wax courtesy of Madame Tussauds. Whereas the figure of her fellow beauty Queen Pia Wurtzbach is housed in the Tussauds Hong Kong museum, the one for Gray will be exhibited in Singapore. Tussauds Singapore made the formal announcement of their commissioning the figure on a post this Monday, January 6, on the occasion of Catriona’s 25th birthday. The tweet accompanied a photo of the beauty queen in a red gown, sorting through a set of artificial eyes in a Tussauds plastic case, presumably to have them installed in her upcoming wax figure.
But while Tussauds Singapore will work on and become the permanent home of Gray’s wax figure, it was deemed appropriate that the artwork should be unveiled in the Philippines. Catriona was excited at the prospect, as noted on another official statement from the museum. “Her image will be immortalised in Madame Tussauds and unveiling will take place in her home country and her figure will be touring to Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong respectively,” remarked Tussauds Singapore on their tweet. The figure will be clad in a copy of her red “lava gown” by Mak Tumang, which she wore when she was crowned December 2018.
“We are constantly bringing in more fun to cater to various markets, and we look forward to welcome Catriona who will be the first Filipino wax figure in Madame Tussauds Singapore,” noted Tussauds Singapore museum general manager Alex Ward. He also hinted that the 2018 Miss Universe title-holder also participated in the filming of a museum special, though he provided no further details. Catriona Gray, the third fourth Filipina to win Miss Universe, relinquished her title December 2019 in Atlanta when she crowned her successor, Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi.
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