Madame Tussauds commissions new waxwork of Theresa May

Some ask how long she can hold onto power. But Theresa May received a vote of confidence from Madame Tussauds today when the world-famous waxworks commissioned a new figure of the Prime Minister.

Since each wax likeness takes three to four months to perfect, the announcement means the visitor attraction is gambling that the embattled PM will still be at No 10 when it the work is unveiled later this year.

These exclusive images show the very first stages of the painstaking process of creating Mrs May’s doppelgänger, where the head is carefully sculpted in clay before a wax mould is formed.

It portrays a relaxed-looking Mrs May smiling and wearing one of her trademark power necklaces.

The head, crafted by principal sculptor Stephen Mansfield, has been dubbed “Theresa Clay” by staff at Tussauds. 

Once finished, Mrs May might finally get to evict a beaming Boris Johnson figure from outside the replica of the front door of 10 Downing Street.

New model: Madame Tussauds London announced the commission of a new wax figure of Theresa May

To the delight of the Foreign Secretary’s admirers, his likeness is currently the only serving British politician in the exhibition. It moved closer to the No 10 set last year to replace David Cameron, who was unceremoniously removed following his post-referendum resignation.

Edward Fuller, of Madame Tussauds London, promised: “While the Prime Minister’s Brexit strategy may be unclear, we can be sure that her completed figure will bear a striking resemblance to the woman herself.”

Theresa May: Sculptors spent some 170 hours working on the statue

Mrs May was invited to sit for her wax portrait after the election, but her office replied that she was too busy. Her image had to be created by researching a range of photographs and videos instead.

A team of sculptors will spend about 170 hours moulding the figure, before hair experts and colourists add finishing touches. 

As a fashion addict, Mrs May is bound to want a say in the clothing her figure will wear. A pair of her favourite kitten heels is certain to be included, but the full outfit is being kept secret.

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Mrs May will probably hope it does not include the £995 leather trousers designed by Amanda Wakeley which caused embarrassment when worn for a photoshoot. 

If all goes to plan, Mrs May will later this year stand among such global political powerhouses such as US President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and wartime leader Winston Churchill in the World Leaders section. However, if the real-life PM fails to survive the party conference season, as some MPs speculate, her figure could suffer the same fate as Mr Cameron’s — with many figures being decapitated and their hands lopped off for storage in Madame Tussauds’s capacious archives.

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