Ripa's Wax Likeness is the First New Figure to be Inducted into The Spirit of New York
Celebrated television personality, iconic New Yorker and “LIVE!” co-host, Kelly Ripa, unveiled her new wax figure at Madame Tussauds New York on April 5th. After giving the “LIVE!” studio audience a sneak peek during the morning’s show, Ripa and her wax double traveled to Times Square to launch the attraction’s newest exhibit, The Spirit of New York.
Ripa’s wax figure is seated in a raised stool created to replicate the seat she occupies each morning on the set of “LIVE!,” and is the first new figure to be inducted into MTNY’s new Spirit of New York exhibit. The Spirit of New York is the ultimate interactive tribute to New York City and the people and places that have become synonymous with the city over the years.
“We are thrilled to add Kelly Ripa’s wax figure to our attraction, and especially excited to include her in the Spirit of New York, an addition that is meant to showcase the people and places that will forever be associated with New York in the public conscience,” said Bret Pidgeon, General Manager of Madame Tussauds New York. “Kelly is certainly an iconic New Yorker, and I couldn’t imagine a better way to kick-off the grand opening of our new exhibit.”
Ripa was an enthusiastic participant in the creation of her wax figure, spending more than three hours with a team of Madame Tussauds studio artists who flew from London to the “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” studio to take hundreds of precise measurements and photos of her this fall. The star worked closely with the Tussauds team to recreate her look, even graciously donating the red, Diane von Furstenberg dress and Christian Louboutin shoes her figure dons. Ripa’s wax figure is also wearing a Laura Mannix necklace that was recreated with the help of the designer
Ripa’s wax figure will join the likes of Woody Allen, Marilyn Monroe, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, the famous Radio City Rockettes, Donald Trump and former New York City Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani in The Spirit of New York exhibit.
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