|2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach with her "twin" wax figure which will be on display at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong|
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach once again made history. After winning the coveted Miss Universe crown back in 2015, Pia Wurtzbach became the very first Filipino wax figure in one of Hong Kong's favorite tourist destinations, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.
|Guess who the real Pia Wurtzbach is!|
The iconic wax figure wears a replica of the Swarovski-embellished royal blue gown ball made by no less than Filipino popular international couturier Michael Cinco, which Pia wore when she passed on the crown in 2016. The dress was said to be tailor-made by the designer himself, saying, "Dressing up her wax figure to represent our country (are) already an honor and a great experience in my career. It is an impalpable dream come true."
So what was Pia's reaction about her being chosen as the very first Filipino wax figure? She said she didn't even think twice about saying yes. She was so honored to be chosen among other Filipino personalities.
"When I found out, I was so excited. I couldn't believe it! In my head, this is something only happens to big stars,"Pia says. "Now, thinking that I'm going to be one of them, I'm very honored, I'm very grateful."
Pia relates that the making process was tedious. She said that getting the measurements right was the most difficult part. "Ït took us more than four hours to get all the measurements done because everything was done manually. You know, from the color of my eyes, we had to step out and come into the light so they can get the color of my eyes right. I didn't get tired because of my adrenaline rush. I was pretty excited about the whole thing,"shared Pia.
It took the Madame Tussauds Hong Kong Team six months with 20 artists to be able to complete the Pia wax figure.
After much discussion on what the figure's final pose would be, it was decided that ut would capture the Miss Universe crowning moment so fans and guests can experience what it's like to be crowned by Pia herself. "We want all of you to experience what it's like to strike your most confidently beautiful pose and receive the crown for yourselves!, "Pia says.
|Ms. Michelle Cruz, Klook PH executive, Mr. Rob Bradshaw Cathay Pacific PH country manager and Ms. Jenny You Madame Tussauds HK General Manager|
The unveiling of the Pia wax figure was highly anticipated by Filipinos worldwide. The even was even made more historic by the fact that this is the first time a wax figure is being flown to its home country before being brought to its permanent location.
|Pia Wurtzbach waves to the crowd|
The unveiling was done at the Mega Fashion Hall of the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. After the unveiling, the wax icon was brought to Hong Kong and will be joining some of the world's biggest icons at Madame Tussauds which includes Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Michelle Yeoh, Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Siwon Choi.
|Pia Wurtzbach with her wax icon figure|
"We can't imagine having anyone but Pis to represent the Philippines in this way,"said Madame Tussauds Hong Kong General Manager Jenny You. "More than being a queen, Pia has all the makings of an icon and we're proud to be able to house her wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong for the rest of the world to be able to interact with."
|Purple Plum Fairy had a selfie with Pia Wurtzbach|
Of course, I took advantage of meeting Ms. Pia Wurtzbach as well. She was one of the coolest beauty queens I've ever met. She's the epitome of beauty and truly a Pinay icon. A real trouper, she stayed and tried to accommodate everyone who went to the venue to see her in person. Oh yes, it was a fangirl moment for someone like me.
|Pia Wurtzback photobombs the real Pia Wurtzbach with Purple Plum Fairy|
The travel festival where the wax figure was unveiled was a result of the collaboration among three major travel brands namely Cathay pacific, Klook and Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. They come together to provide first-time flyers to Hong Kong awesome travel packages as well as other fun activities.
Early birds of the said festival was able to enjoy a limited number of exclusive packages and bundled Cathay Pacific and Madam Tussauds Hong Kong pass redeemable via Kook app.
Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is home to immersive and interactive zones that bring to life iconic personalities and cultural land,arks throughout the history, including those in entertainment, sports, science, politics and fashion. Pia's wax figure will be housed at the fashion zone alongside fashion icon, Jenner Kendall.
For more information, visit www.madametussauds.com/hong-kong/en
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