Madame Tussauds in London and Paris are both working on waxwork models of a certain famous character, while Madame Tussauds in Washington DC has had the same character in wax since August. Who could it be?
It is, of course, US President elect Donald Trump. The unusual hairline is creating a few challenges but Madame Tussauds London should unveil its version soon.
Its Paris rival was caught on the hop. Its management assumed Hillary Clinton would win the US presidency (as did a lot of people) so didn’t bother starting on Trump. Big mistake.
Madame Tussauds in Washington DC is ahead of the pack. It completed clay-head sculptures of Trump and Clinton way back in August.
In keeping with tradition, Tussauds in Washington DC will create a wax figure of Trump, soon to be the 45th US president, just in time for his inauguration.
In London, Madame Tussauds sometimes holds a visitor poll to find the “most frightening figure” on display there. Margaret Thatcher won it one year, when she was Britain’s prime minister, though Adolf Hitler was always considered one of the scariest. Hitler was removed earlier this year to stop the alarming craze among visitors for taking selfies next to the uniformed wax figure, while making Nazi salutes. It is believed the Fuhrer has been locked in the basement.
It will be interesting to see how frightening visitors consider the Trump figure to be.
When Trump and Clinton embarked on the long US presidential campaign earlier this year, Madame Tussauds Washington DC began the six-month long figure-making process with the sculpting of their clay heads. Clinton and Trump were built on wire frames that support the busts upright. Made with Madame Tussauds’ signature clay, studio artists are able to sculpt, shape, and mould these lifelike figures to perfectly capture the likeness. Then the hair goes on.
Madame Tussauds Washington, DC will remain the only attraction in the world where visitors can get up close and personal with every person who has served as US President and Commander-in-Chief.
Tussauds locations in New York and Orlando will also be unveil Trump on his inauguration.
Written by Peter Needham