The Strange Art and Surprising Politics of Madame Tussauds

A woman caressing Donald Trump’s tie is exactly how the 45th President of the United States would want to be represented.
Re-enactors of the Battle of Hastings, 1066 (2019). Photographs by author.
The first figure that visitors encounter features a model-maker (made of wax) crafting a wax head (also wax).
Most of the politicians in the museum’s “world leaders” gallery share conservative ideologies. I wonder what the young tourist on the right knows about China’s Xi Xinping.
(Neither) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Nor) Angelina Jolie
Taylor Swift and John Wayne in their natural habitats
Alfred Hitchock stands alone in an empty stairwell, while Audrey Hepburn sits at a table for one.
The museum is rich with symbols of the British monarchy, and its outsiders.

Music, when soft voices die,

Vibrates in the memory —

Odours, when sweet violets sicken,

Live within the sense they quicken.

Rose leaves, when the rose is dead,

Are heaped for the beloved’s bed;

And so thy thoughts, when thou art gone,

Love itself shall slumber on.

(Not) Dame Helen Mirren




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