Maluma, one of Colombia's most prominent figures of the urban genre, joins the list of artists that will be part of the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in 2022. The singer and rapper, who has won 95 awards throughout his career will now be immortalized with a wax statue in the renowned Orlando museum.
A team of 20 professionals has been working for several months to match the singer's body and face measurements to create his replica.
In a London studio, they are working on making the color of Maluma's eyes, hair and skin as close as possible to reality. The team of artists will need almost six months to create a wax figure that will be part of the exhibition next year.
"I'm a big dreamer. I remember when I was in high school saying I wanted to be here, in the museum, and it's all happening. Nothing is too big for this to happen," said the "Hawaii" performer.
Other Latinos at Madame Tussauds
In addition to Maluma, there are many other Latino artists who have been immortalized with wax figures in different parts of the museum.
The wax figure of the queen of Tex-Mex, Selena Quintanilla, was presented on Aug. 31, 2016 at the Madame Tussauds in Hollywood. It was a very emotional event, and the Quintanilla family and her husband, guitarist Chris Perez, were present.
Ricky Martin unveiled his wax figure at the Las Vegas museum on Nov. 19, 2014. The statue of the Puerto Rican singer is currently at the Madame Tussauds museum in Orlando.
In 2013, Colombian actress Sofia Vergara presented her two wax figures, one is in Las Vegas and the other in New York. Vergara also has a third replica in the Orlando museum.
The Madame Tussauds museum, headquartered in London, has the largest collection of celebrity wax figures in the world and also has centers in New York, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Amsterdam and Berlin.