Kamala Harris is set to become the first woman US vice president to be memorialized in New York’s famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, which will unveil her likeness and that of President Joe Biden later this year.
On Friday, Times Square released photos of the work in progress on the statue on busts of Harris so far, and on US President Joe Biden as the agency celebrated their first 100th day in office.
The statue is being designed by the Burks and Madam Tussauds’ team of studio artists based in London poured through hundreds of images to achieve an exact likeness of the pair. The clay heads took six weeks to sculpt and the bodies will take between four to six months to complete.
The principal sculptor at the museum, David Burks, told CNN that he was keen to focus on her smile and the warmth in her eyes, as the expressions and warmth in the eyes of Harris were hard to capture.
Burks had abstained from meeting Harris in person due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re honoured to create a figure for Vice President Harris and reflect this significant moment in U.S. history for guests inside Madame Tussauds,” museum spokeswoman Brittany Williams said in a Live televised statement to WNBC-TV of New York.
Harris who became the first woman, a Black or Asian individual to be sworn as Vice President in Biden administration, is being erected into a sculptor due to her historic ascendance, according to the museum.
Madame Tussauds is also working on US President Joe Biden’s statue. Both Biden and Harris statues will be attired in their January 20 Inauguration Day suits.
Clothing for Harris’ figure was designed by Christopher John Rogers, the same designer who dressed Harris for her swearing-in ceremony. Harris’ wax figure will wear a replica of the purple blazer and dress worn on Inauguration Day. Harris’ gold and pearl necklace, pearl earrings, bracelets and rings will also be replicated to complete the look.
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