Wax figures at Madame Tussauds allow fans of celebrities to get their chance to take a picture with their wax counterpart. And every year, the museum adds to their roster as a means of staying up-to-date with who is hitting it big, from the big screen to sports and more. Most recently, Maluma and Anitta are getting their own wax statues. Maluma’s will be featured at Madame Tussauds in Orlando while Anitta’s will find a home at the Tussauds’ New York City location.
Both musicians recently worked with museum staff to chart their measurements and take photos that sculptors will use to create the wax effigies. According to Billboard, and to give you an idea of how long these figures take to build, Maluma’s wax figure will take approximately six months to be completed by 20 artists. Anitta will most likely take just as long.
“I’m a big dreamer,” Maluma said in a statement. “I remember when I was in high school saying that I wanted to be here at the museum, and everything is happening; nothing is too big to make it happen.”
Maluma isn’t the only one celebrating becoming part of the Madame Tussauds family. “I’m so honored!” Anitta wrote on her Instagram page. “Can’t wait to have my wax figure at @MadameTussaudsUSA, in NYC!”
Maluma and Anitta aren’t the first Latine people who have been certified as wax worthy. And they won’t be the last, especially with the lack of Afro-Latine representation and petitions like the one for Celia Cruz having a statue out there. Until then, here are seven celebrities who have been immortalized inside one of the Madame Tussauds wax museums across the country.
The late Queen of Tejano was honored with a wax figure at the Madame Tussauds in Hollywood and New York in 2017. Both statues are dressed in a bustier, an outfit the singer was known for wearing when performing on stage. “I’m very proud that Selena is still being loved, not only by Latinos, but all cultures,” Selena’s sister Suzette Quintanilla told NBC News at the unveiling of the statue. “There are many different people that love Selena and I’m ecstatic about it.”
In 2015, the supermodel was introduced in wax form at the Madame Tussauds in New York. Her wax figure was dressed in red lingerie and wearing red angel wings. It’s a look Lima was known for when she strutted across the catwalk for Victoria’s Secret. “They measured every point of my body to make sure they had everything right,” Lima told Vogue in 2015. “I had to stand in heels in the pose almost the whole time. It wasn’t easy, but I am so happy about how it came out.”
It’s not as sweet as winning an NBA championship, but getting a wax figure made in your likeness isn’t something everyone gets to see during their lifetime. Anthony got his in 2012 when he was still a member of the New York Knicks. Since then, he’s played with Oklahoma City, Houston, and Portland. If the jersey isn’t made out of wax, maybe they can change it out for one in purple and gold. Until then, see Anthony scare unsuspecting people at Madame Tussauds.
Machete himself was celebrated with the unveiling of a wax figure at the Hollywood museum. Dressed in black pants, black shoes, and showing off his famous chest tattoo, the statue of the Trejo is also wielding a machete covered in blood. We’re sure a wax sculpture can’t decapitate heads like his vigilante character, but we’ll stand back nonetheless. “I’ve been killed more times than anybody in the movies,” Trejo said. “But you know what? I’m immortal at Madame Tussauds.”
The rapper saw his wax figure go on display in Orlando in 2015. That same year, he released his ninth album, Dale. The black tuxedo the statue wears was donated to the museum by the rapper himself. “Looking back, it was a great experience to sit with the Madame Tussauds artists who worked hard to capture every detail,” Pitbull said in a release at the time. “Having been born and raised in Florida, it truly is an honor to have this figure in Orlando.”
In late 2019, the supermodel presented her wax figure in New York City. After dropping the curtain, Ambrosio stepped up to her wax doppelganger and looked at it square in the eyes. “It’s so funny,” she told the cameras. “It’s so intense that look she gives.” Later, she posted a photo of her with her statue and wrote, “What an exciting day. So honored to get another figure and this time at my second home #NYC.”
The “Livin’ La Vida Loca” singer saw his wax figure welcomed into the Las Vegas museum in 2014. It’s permanent home ended up at the Orlando location. For his statue, Martin selected the clothes himself. “It was such an incredible experience to take part in the Madame Tussauds process,” Martin said. “I’m truly amazed at how much work has gone into making this figure as authentic as possible.”