Madame Tussauds is known all over the world for its life-like wax figures of iconic people.
But have you ever wondered how each figure is made?
Studio Manager Andres Lopez reveals the wax museum uses a 200-year-old process.
“The thing that sets us apart from everything else,” Lopez explains to Insider Presents,
“is because we haven’t changed our techniques since Marie Tussauds created her own techniques.”
The process begins when a celebrity comes in for measurement. Artists will get molds of certain parts of the body like the hand. They will also determine the perfect match of eye and hair samples. Madame Tussauds artists are extremely precise with details.
“Everything in your face will age and drop. The one part that doesn’t change on your face is this part of your ear,” says Lopez. “So when we measure faces, we go from this point to nose point. And then that will give us an accurate measurement of what everything is.”
The wax figure is first created and sculpted in a shell.
For the head, a blend of different hair strands is used. Workers punch each strand into the figure’s head until it is covered with thousands of hair.
Afterwards, they cover the figure in oil paint.
This process takes from four to six months to finish.
From time to time, they update the wax figure to better reflect the age of the celebrity.
If you find this process tedious, think of how it becomes more difficult when they have to work on historical figures.
“We have to go into their archives, back to relatives who are still alive news articles, people that have interviewed them,” Lopez points out.
What’s fun about Madame Tussauds is that even if it’s a museum, you can get close to the objects on display.
It’s like meeting Prince Harry, Prince William, Brad Pitt, Heidi Klum or Yao Ming in person.“
“We are an attraction,” Lopez concludes. “We are an experience for our guests to come in and have fun with the figures.”