— Conchita Wurst (@ConchitaWurst) February 10, 2015
You know an artist has ‘made it’ when they get a wax figure at Madame Tussauds, as that honor is reserved for the most famous, the most popular, or the most notable. So, it does not surprise me to hear the news today that Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst is getting a wax figure at Madame Tussauds. Can I just say, “Yay!”.
As for the Madame Tussauds information, it popped up on Conchita Wurst’s Twitter account just a few minutes ago, complete with an extremely cute photo of Conchita choosing the eyes that match the color of her own the closest.
And I looked at that photo and the first thing that popped into my head? “Awwwww, bless her”. Because I think that a lot about Conchita Wurst lately, as more and more good things like this keep happening to her, as that fact alone makes me so very happy.
As for what getting a Madame Tussauds wax figure means for Conchita Wurst, here are a few statistics for you, as these wax figures are the best in the world.
Each wax figure costs around $125,000 to create and takes around four months (yes, Madame Tussauds is at the top of their business for a very good reason). Just the hair alone takes about five weeks to do, as each strand is inserted individually.
As is likely with many other celebrities who also have wax figures at Madame Tussauds, Conchita will probably donate some of her own possessions to be worn by her wax figure. It all helps with the authenticity, of course.
Before their artists even start work, Madame Tussauds also takes more than 250 measurements of each person they create a wax figure of, so they can be absolutely sure the figure looks as close to the person as possible.
Then they work from photographs, plus at least one private sitting with the public figure, to create the wax figure itself.
According to Heute, Conchita Wurst’s wax figure was begun in September and will be displayed first right before the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna in May.
For more about how Madame Tussauds wax figures are created, check out their Facts Sheet.
Meanwhile, can I just point out, Conchita Wurst now joins her idols Celine Dion, Tina Turner, Cher and Shirley Bassey in having her very own Madame Tussauds wax figure. I’ll bet she’s beyond thrilled, and I could not be happier for her.
There’s a very cute video just gone up of Conchita Wurst’s private sitting with Madame Tussauds, which took place in Vienna back in the latter half of last year. She could not be more adorable here (or more patient) if she tried. Watch it below.