BORIS JOHNSON MEETS HIS MIRROR IMAGE AS MADAME TUSSAUDS LONDON REVEALS HIS WAX FIGURE
5TH May 2009 – The colourful and famously forthright Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, came face to face with himself this morning as Madame Tussauds London introduced him to his new wax figure.
The figure is attired in a donated navy suit with a matching navy shirt and tie; great care and attention was also given to recreating the Mayor’s distinctive and abundant blonde hair. He will reside in the World Stage area which is home to a varied cast of politicians and statesmen from past and present. Johnson will become the first UK politician to gain entry into the famous attraction since his predecessor, Ken Livingstone was created in 2000, giving him an edge (in wax at least) over his Party Leader David Cameron and Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.
On meeting himself, the Mayor, who has previously said his inclusion in the attraction is the highlight of his career thus far, commented. ‘It is an honour, but I hope not alarming for Londoners to know there are two of me in this great city of London. Like Goethe beholding his Doppelganger on the footpath to Drusenheim, this strange illusion in some measure has calmed me.
“I look forward to the figure being remodelled in a few months in keeping with the more lean and lithe physique I hope will soon emerge.”
Liz Edwards, PR Manager for Madame Tussauds London said: “It is particularly appropriate that the Capital’s leader has a special place here given our long history and standing in the city. But although Mayor of London, Mr Johnson has a much wider following and I think all of our guests, Londoners and those from further afield will enjoy meeting him here at Madame Tussauds.”
Mr Johnson has been closely involved in the creation process, giving two sittings to the Madame Tussauds studio team and attending a final hair and colour check. The figure took five months to create at a cost of £150,000.
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