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Madame Tussauds DC Honors Founder
Juliette Gordon Low Wax Figure Unveiled
On May 9, Diane Tipton, President, and Lidia Soto Harmon, CEO of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, were joined by dozens of GSCNC Girl Scouts to unveil a lifelike wax figure of the pioneering woman who founded the Girl Scouts 100 years ago, Juliette Gordon Low.
The Presidents Gallery by Madame Tussauds launched the figure as part of a series of initiatives celebrating the Girl Scouts’ anniversary, culminating with the colossal Girl Scouts Rock the Mall: 100th Anniversary Sing-Along event on June 9.
Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid.
Madame Tussauds studio artists in London worked diligently to create this entirely new wax figure of Juliette Gordon Low. The figure-making process is incredibly intricate taking anywhere from three to six months from start to finish. For example, artists insert each strand of hair individually; creating just the head of the wax figure can take up to five weeks alone. Materials such as red silk are used to create the veins on the eyeballs and it can take technicians almost four days to make a set of teeth.
In order to make the figures as lifelike as possible, Madame Tussauds artists study hundreds of photographs and when available, hours of video footage. Of course in some cases, the artists do not have the luxury of photographs or video, and need to rely on historical accounts, even paintings.
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Please note: Reservations for the Madame Tussauds for Girl Scout Packages from June 6 - June 10 will CLOSE on Saturday, June 2. Any reservation received by June 2 will be accepted. After June 2, Madame Tussauds will still accept reservations for those dates for Girl Scouts, but it will only be admission and a patch for $13.50. Click to learn more.
Posted: May 13, 2012