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Kamala Harris is first US vice-president to make it to Madame Tussauds3 min read

May 3, 2021 2 min read

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Kamala Harris is first US vice-president to make it to Madame Tussauds3 min read

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We know that US Vice President Kamala Harris broke a few records when she officially stepped into the White House. Not only is she the first female vice president of the United States, but she is also the first vice president of South Asian and African American descent the country has seen.

United States Vice President Kamala Harris. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Owliver’s Obscure Facts
Kamala Harris’ father, Donald J Harris, is a professor of Economics at Stanford University hailing from Jamaica, and her mother Shyamala Gopalan was a breast cancer biologist from India.

Now, she’s ready to make history again by becoming the first US vice president to have a figure on display at the Madame Tussauds wax museums in New York. A branch of the great museum, located at the iconic Times Square, released some photos of the work done so far on Harris and President Joe Biden’s clay statues, or busts. These busts are being made in honour of the duos 100 days in office.

What is Madame Tussauds?

Madame Tussauds is a wax museum in London; it has smaller museums in a number of other major cities, including New Delhi. It was founded by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud in 1835. The original London museum houses 300 statues of historic and royal figures, movies stars, sports stars and even some famous murderers!

The Madam Tussauds’ team of sculpture artists in London are creating the busts using hundreds of photos of the leaders for reference. Under normal circumstances, the head artist would meet his subjects physically before getting to work, but due to the pandemic, this hasn’t been possible.

Kamala Harris at her swearing-in ceremony.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons

While it is common for US Presidents to have their busts displayed at Tussaud’s, Harris will be the first vice president to be featured. Interestingly, Christopher John Rogers, the designer who created the outfit Harris wore to her inauguration ceremony where she was sworn in as vice president, is also creating the outfit her statue will wear!

It took artists six weeks to make the busts, and the entire figures won’t be ready until later this year. Madame Tussauds will spend around $300,000 on each model! The two statues will be set up in the White House section of the museum later this year.

Sources: CNN, Indian Express