Wax On: Serena Makes Madame Tussauds' A-List
Born in Michigan, raised in California, living in Florida, and now immortalized in New York. Serena Williams became the latest star to be sculpted in was at Madame Tussauds Times Square location just before the U.S. Open. She joins other tennis legends honored with wax figures, like John McEnroe, Maria Sharapova, Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King.
Why Serena and not Venus? “We had received an overwhelming number of requests to create a figure of Serena,” says Tussauds general manager Janine DiGioacchino, “coupled with comments she made when she visited our museum in London about always wanting a wax figure of herself.”
According to DiGioacchino, sculptors spend a couple of hours measuring and photographing a celebrity's body and collaborating on how the figure should be posed and clothed. Williams donated the iconic pleated denim skirt, black midriff tank and sneaker-boots she wore at the 2004 U.S. Open.
When Williams saw her sculpted self this summer, she gushed, “It's awesome. I've always wanted to kiss myself.” Since Madame Tussauds allows visitors to touch the wax statues, museum goers now have that option as well.
I'm just saying I'm picking up some kind of “tone” from this piece and it doesn't seem very flattering to Serena or her wax figure.
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