Kamala Harris Becoming First Wax Veep at Madame Toussauds
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum announced on Wednesday that it is sculpting a model of Vice President Kamala Harris, marking the first time a sitting vice president has had their effigy added to the museum’s collection.
President Joe Biden’s wax likeness is also in the works.
“Kamala Harris made history when she was sworn in on January 20th becoming the first woman, first Black person and first Asian American vice president. Madame Tussauds New York is adding another first to Harris’ list of achievements by creating a wax figure in her likeness; an honor that has never-before been extended to a vice president,” Madame Tussauds said in a press release.
Careful, there’s glass on the floor again…@KamalaHarris will be the FIRST vice president to be immortalized by Madame Tussauds Wax Museum! #VP #VIP #Achievements #president #politics #GlassCeiling pic.twitter.com/7t4tFUN1X0
— Madame Tussauds USA (@TussaudsUSA) April 28, 2021
“I’m hugely honored to be sculpting Kamala Harris,” Harris sculptor Vicky Grant said. “I feel like one of the most important features to get right are not only her warm, welcoming smile, but also her eyes. She’s so engaging when she smiles.”
Principal sculptor David Burks, who is working on Biden, added that “to get the head to this stage takes a lot of research, a lot of measurements. It was important just to capture the right moment.”
It took six weeks to complete the heads and an additional six months is estimated for the bodies.
Both models will be officially unveiled and put on display in the “Oval Office Experience” exhibit later this year, The Hill noted, and will depict the two leaders as they were dressed on Inauguration Day.
Fashion designer Christopher John is also part of the project, as he is recreating the purple blazer donned by Harris during her swearing-in.
The joy and excitement are a total reversal from the treatment given to ex-President Donald Trump’s statue, which was removed from the museum’s collection last month due to visitors repeatedly punching it.
Madame Tussauds in Berlin, Germany, however, took it one step further. Their wax Trump was tossed into a dumpster on October 30.
“Today’s activity is rather of a symbolic character ahead of the elections in the United States,” said Orkide Yalcindag, Madame Toussauds Berlin’s manager of marketing. “We here at Madame Tussauds Berlin removed Donald Trump’s waxwork as a preparatory measure.”