Wax it means wax it: Madame Tussauds sets to work on Theresa May

London attraction says it is in first stages of four-month process of creating figure of UK prime minister

Her automated slogans and stilted election campaign may have earned her the nickname Maybot, but an even more lifeless incarnation of the prime minister is about to be unveiled.

Madame Tussauds has announced the commission of a wax figure of Theresa May that is to be placed outside the Downing Street set at the London attraction, joining political heavyweights such as Donald Trump and Angela Merkel.

Real of fake? The finishing touches are made to a waxwork of Donald Trump at Madame Tussauds in London. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Released images show the first stages of the process of creating the May figure, where the head is fashioned in clay before the wax mould is formed.

Since the controversial election result, the highly talented team at Madame Tussauds London have been working tirelessly to create a stunning likeness of the new PM, the attraction said. These official clay head shots created by principal sculptor Stephen Mansfield show how they have perfectly captured the likeness of the most powerful woman in British politics.

The finished figure will be unveiled later this year.

The process of creating a wax figure typically takes around three to four months, with a team of sculptors spending about 170 hours moulding, before hair insertors and colourists add the finishing touches.

The chosen outfit and shoe selection remains a tightly guarded secret, but the choice will be an exact replica of one of Mays expansive and headline grabbing collection, the attraction said.

Edward Fuller, general manager of Madame Tussauds London, added: Following the recent general election, we look forward to hearing the consensus of thegreat British public as we reveal the first stages of Theresa Mays wax figure in creation.

While the prime ministers Brexit strategy may be unclear, we can be sure that her completed figure will bear a striking resemblance to the woman herself when it launches later this year.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/aug/10/wax-madame-tussauds-work-theresa-may-figure-prime-minister

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