October 27, 2009

Serena Now Available In Wax

Is it just me or does anyone else think this toss-off article on p. 16 in the November/December 2009 issue of Tennis magazine is more than a little weird?
Wax On: Serena Makes Madame Tussauds' A-List

Born in Michigan, raised in California, living in Florida, and now immortalized in New York. Serena Williams became the latest star to be sculpted in was at Madame Tussauds Times Square location just before the U.S. Open. She joins other tennis legends honored with wax figures, like John McEnroe, Maria Sharapova, Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King.

Why Serena and not Venus? "We had received an overwhelming number of requests to create a figure of Serena," says Tussauds general manager Janine DiGioacchino, "coupled with comments she made when she visited our museum in London about always wanting a wax figure of herself."

According to DiGioacchino, sculptors spend a couple of hours measuring and photographing a celebrity's body and collaborating on how the figure should be posed and clothed. Williams donated the iconic pleated denim skirt, black midriff tank and sneaker-boots she wore at the 2004 U.S. Open.

When Williams saw her sculpted self this summer, she gushed, "It's awesome. I've always wanted to kiss myself." Since Madame Tussauds allows visitors to touch the wax statues, museum goers now have that option as well.
I'm just saying I'm picking up some kind of "tone" from this piece and it doesn't seem very flattering to Serena or her wax figure.


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tennischick said...

agreed. they made her sound completely narcissistic. like she practically begged for the damn statue.

Anonymous said...

Am not sure why the greatset female tennis star of her generation got to have a wax figure AFTER Maria Sharapova, who is equally as talented But nowhere in tha same league. it just shows....