We told you she was coming, but now she's really here. That's right: Michelle Obama, the wax edition, makes her debut in Washington this Tuesday at the Madame Tussauds wax museum. It took artists four months to create the wax Obama, who is, of course, wearing a sleeveless red dress. She comes to D.C. just in time for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, an event that attracts tons of tourists. "Visitors will be able to admire the figure up close, as well as take photos with and even hug the Michelle Obama figure," the release says.
Here are additional details:
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA'S WAX FIGURE
TO BE UNVEILED AT MADAME TUSSAUDS WASHINGTON D.C.
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Michelle Obama Figure to Join Figure of Husband, President Barack Obama,in Attraction's White House Gallery
Mrs. Obama is only the third First Lady to be immortalized in wax by Madame Tussauds Washington D.C., joining two other iconic women who have served as First Lady-Jacqueline Kennedy and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The incredibly lifelike figure is dressed in a red, custom-designed sleeveless dress inspired by the purple dress she wore the night her husband claimed the Democratic presidential nomination. Her dress is accessorized with a classic pearl necklace and simple black heels.
Studio artists at Merlin Studios in London, who started working on Mrs. Obama's figure in late December, studied hundreds of photos and watched hours of video footage to create the figure. The figure-making process is incredibly intricate taking anywhere from three to six months from start to finish. For example, artists insert each strand of hair individually; creating just the head of the wax figure can take up to five weeks alone. Materials such as red silk are used to create the veins on the eyeballs and it can take technicians almost four days to make a set of teeth.
The Michelle Obama figure will stand alongside a figure of President Obama, which was unveiled in February 2008 at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. in the attraction's replica of the Oval Office. New to Madame Tussauds D.C. is a Presidential Gallery, which spotlights the contributions of all 44 U.S. Presidents. Visitors can learn more about Mrs. Obama and read biographies of all past First Ladies while touring through the attraction.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 7
TIME: 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.
1025 F Street, NW (corner of 10