Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach became the first Filipino to be immortalized by the iconic Madame Tussauds wax museum as she personally unveiled her lifelike mirror image. The wax copy was so impressive because of it’s jaw-dropping details from the hair, to the gown and makeup that made guests see double.
“I’m at a loss for words. I’m so happy to be chosen as the first Filipina to have a wax figure at Madame Tussauds and I’m really grateful for that. I think that people around the world are now coming to know more about Filipinos and also about beauty queens and I’m just so happy that I’m able to share this moment with my countrymen first.” The 29-year-old told The Manila Times.
The chosen pose was the moment where Wurtzbach wearing the royal blue ball gown and relinquishing the Miss Universe Mikimoto crown to her successor, Iris Mittenaere of France in 2016. The sought-after designer, Michael Cinco was generous enough to recreate gown for the Madame Tussauds statue.
“Madame Tussauds chose this pose [where I am holding out the crown] because they wanted something interactive where people can have their own crowning moment as Miss Universe and take pictures,” Wurtzbach explained.
The unveiling of the wax figure happened at a hotel in Mandaluyong City yesterday March 28, 2019. It will on public display for Filipino fans at the SM Mega Fashion Hall on Friday March 29 until Sunday march 31.
Pia’s wax figure will be brought to its permanent home in Hong Kong, where it will be displayed alongside statues inspired by Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan and Lady Gaga, among others.