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Ever wonder how those (mostly) staggeringly accurate wax figures at Madame Tussauds are made? We’ll tell you! Thanks to Wired magazine and the wax masters at Madame Tussauds, we were given a behind-the-scenes look at the intricate process that went into re-creating the one and only Lady Gaga, the wax version. We all know The Gags (can we call her that?) has like 80 bajillion looks, but the dudes at Tussauds managed to capture her essence perfectly.
So how does it all go down? First, the master sculptor fashions a metal model that’s then covered with some sort of clay. (This conjures memories of my 4th grade ceramics class, but I won’t be rude and bring up my fabulous coil pot in the presence of true artistry.) Next up, the head is cast in plaster and creates a mold into which the famous Tussauds wax is poured. Following the wax bath, eyes, teeth, gums, hair and basically every other part of the the human body is masterfully replicated and somehow, when it’s all put together, it really does look like the Mother Monster we’ve all come to know.
Truthfully, we have no effing clue what kind of insane voodoo magic just went down the hell we just saw, so we recommend that you sit in a calm, quiet place and watch the video with full knowledge that your jaw will be on the floor and you will likely accumulate a large pool of drool. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
+ Watch the making of Lady Gaga’s wax statue.