Prime Minister Narendra Modi will soon join world-famous personalities to feature as a waxwork model at Madame Tussauds. Describing Mr. Modi as “one of the most influential statesmen on the world stage,” the British waxworks museum said Tuesday that it will unveil figures of the Indian leader at its four attractions in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok, in April.
“Prime Minister Modi is a hugely important figure in world politics, a position supported by his place in the top 10 of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year List 2015,” said museum spokesperson Kieran Lancini. “His massive social media presence – he is currently the second most followed politician on twitter after President Obama – also confirms the intense interest the public have in him, a fact supported by the requests our guests have made for us to create his figure. We are delighted to be including the Prime Minister’s figure in our attractions in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok,” he said.
Madame Tussauds Hong Kong said that Mr. Modi was personally involved ‘in the creation of his figure’ and granted the museum’s artists a sitting at his New Delhi residence earlier this year.
About this, Modi himself said in a statement to the museum “Madame Tussauds has crafted figures of very distinguished dignitaries from around the world – how could I regard myself worthy of being alongside them? But when I was informed that your decision had emanated from public opinion and public sentiment, I was comforted. During my sitting, I observed the team carefully and was deeply impressed by its dedication, professionalism and skill. I have visited Madame Tussauds three or four times and had the pleasure of getting myself photographed standing next to the figures of various dignitaries.”
The wax figures at each of the museum’s locations around Europe and Asia will be dressed in Modi’s signature kurta in cream with a jacket and he will be featured in a traditional pose; with a namaste gesture.