Vice President Kamala Harris made history as the first woman, first black person, and first Asian American to hold the office. This is why she will also be the first vice-president to be honored by the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New York.
The museum traditionally creates a wax figure for presidents, but they decided to give Harris “an honor never before bestowed on a vice president,” according to a press release.
“We are honored to create a figure for Vice President Harris and to reflect this important moment in United States history for the guests of Madame Tussauds New York,” said Brittany Williams, spokesperson for Madame Tussauds, when the announcement was made just before Harris and President Joe Biden marked his first 100 days in office.
The museum shared images of Harris and Mr. Biden’s characters as they were made. “The clay heads were created by a team of studio artists based in London and represent meticulous detail captured by researching hundreds of images to obtain an exact likeness of the faces of the famous American leader,” Ms. Tussauds said. .
The buds took six weeks to create, and full digits will likely take four to six months. The characters will wear outfits that replicate those worn by the President and Vice President during their inauguration ceremony.
Christopher John Rogers, who designed Harris’ now iconic purple coat and dress worn at the grand opening, will also create a custom outfit for the museum.
The figures are expected to be unveiled later this year in an “Oval Office” exhibit at the museum.
Harris went on toalongside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the two women flanked the Speaker to the dais of the House Chamber as he delivered a speech at a joint session of Congress. According to protocol, Vice President Kamala Harris opened the proceedings and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi formally introduced Mr. Biden to Congress as president for the first time.
Mr. Biden recognized the historic moment after introducing “Madam President” and “Madam Vice President”.
“No president has ever said these words from this podium, and it is high time,” Biden said.