Behind the Scenes at Madame Tussauds

By Shayan Zafar in Art, Craft Design

2 years ago - 2 mins read

The most favourite tourist attraction point, the Madame Tussauds, has left many in awe with its precision and beauty. People from all over the world visit the museum and take pictures with celebrities and famous personalities, and always create doubt in the minds of their social media followers about them being real or wax. I mean, its only fair; pose with a wax figure celebrity and avoid standing in long and torturous lines to take a picture with the actual one!

A few of you might already know, but I thought it would be fun to tell you all a little about the designing process behind all the glam and the glory.

From the head to the toes, every inch of the model is studied to the core in order to achieve the exact figure. About 200 measurements are taken of the model, with photographs shot from every angel so as to get a complete 360-degree idea. The team at the museum has already made samples that it matches with the model’s eyes, skin, and hair. After the intense measurements are taken, a metal structure is then made so as to hold the clay mold. Wax is then poured over the meticulously detailed structure of the model. In order to make the wax figure look very real, about 10 layers of oil-based paints is applied over it, matching the skin tone of the model.

Kylie Jenner, Madame Tussauds

The face of the wax figure is worked on separately, and placed over the structure, without the eyes and the hair, before wax is pour over it. The face alone takes about four to six weeks to make. After the wax is poured of the structure, the eyes and teeth are inserted into the hollow head and real human hair is inserted on the head, eyebrows, and eyelashes and cut and styled accordingly to the exact way the model has it.  

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Wax Figures

This entire painstaking process of designing the wax figure of a model takes about four months and 20 artists to make. But what beauty it is indeed.

Priyanka Chopra, Madame Tussauds

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