LONDON (NBC/RTV) — Madame Tussauds London unveiled a new wax figure of pop superstar Taylor Swift, inspired by the music video for her hit song “Shake It Off.” At the sneak peek on Tuesday, Swift’s doppelganger was introduced on stage by a dance troupe who performed a choreographed routine, complete with pom-poms.
Although Madame Tussauds London boasts a collection of world politicians, British royal family members, Hollywood actors and more, Swift’s model is expected to draw big crowds. The multiple Grammy-winning singer is now part of the collection of superstar singers including Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Adele and Lady Gaga.
“We’ve worked really closely with all the figures, the people that we make that have figures here at the attraction. And we actually had a sitting with Taylor Swift when she was a lot younger, so we’ve used all of that information to be able to create an up-to-date look for the superstar,” said Nicole Fenner, Madame Tussauds spokeswoman. “We have lots and lots of figures here at Madame Tussauds, all as popular as each other. Taylor Swift, I’m pretty confident, is going to be extremely popular with our guests coming through the attraction. We have our Benedict Cumberbatch figure, who has hundreds of legions of fans who come and visit his figure, as well as ‘One Direction’ and lots of other pop stars, sports stars, A-list celebrities.”
The sculptor said a life-size wax model can take up to five months to finish, and she spent about five weeks working on Swift’s head alone.
“Taylor, it’s just, she’s got such a look that I think it’s ever so tricky because she’s a beautiful young girl,” said Georgina Power, Madame Tussauds sculptor. “And to capture that and also to get that sort of cheekiness that she has as well, I think that was the challenge for me.”
Swift’s wax figure can be seen by the public in London from Feb. 14 through Feb. 22, before it takes up residence at another Madame Tussauds in Orlando, Fla.