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Michelle Obama will soon be on display in Madame Tussauds – in the wax form.
The famous wax museum has commissioned a wax replica of the nation’s newest First Lady to add to their museum.
The six month process is laborious.
Artists at the Merlin Studio in London studied hours of video footage and hundreds of photos to observe the facial gestures of the First Lady. A clay head mold is created – with incredibly intricate attention to fine details. Red silks are used to create the veins on the eyeballs, each stand of hair is inserted individually, and it takes technicians almost four days to make set of teeth.
Mrs. Obama’s figure – currently in clay head form – is set to debut in the Washington, DC museum in March. Efforts were well under way for President Obama’s wax figure shortly after the election -- his wax figure will be unveiled in the next few weeks.
"As our nation's first African American First Lady, a proud working mom and a budding style icon, Mrs. Obama is a role model to women around the corner, and around the globe," said Janine DiGioacchino, General Manager of Madame Tussauds New York and Washington D.C , "We know our visitors will love seeing and interacting with her figure."
Mrs. Obama joins the ranks of two other first ladies also immortalized in wax form in the museum: Jacqueline Kennedy and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.