Following a hiatus from making appearances in Hong Kong, renowned Korean star Lee Jong-suk today made a whirlwind visit to attend the unveiling ceremony of his world-first wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. The induction of one of today’s hottest Korean idols into the star-studded K-wave Zone in Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is set to unleash a new K-wave frenzy across Hong Kong.
Despite capturing hearts across Asia as one of the “Four New Kings of K-pop”, Lee remained personable as ever, flashing a warm smile and greeting media at the unveiling ceremony in Cantonese. Sporting a fluorescent pink suit, the extremely lifelike wax figure shows off the celebrity’s impeccable fashion-model physique.
Lee commented in excitement: “I’d like to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Madame Tussauds Hong Kong for creating my wax figure. I’m extremely honoured and excited to join the many famous personalities here, and come face-to-face with visitors from Hong Kong and the world over. I had the opportunity to take a peek at the photos of my wax figure before the official unveiling; the resemblance simply blew me away and I very much looked forward to meeting ‘myself’ in Hong Kong. The moment of unveiling just now was absolutely magical and surreal!”
The Madame Tussauds production team previously took measurements of Lee in a sitting process that lasted seven hours. Throughout the exhausting process, Lee maintained a professional attitude and kept sharing ideas with the team to ensure every single detail had been captured precisely. The production team also requested Lee to hold the exact same pose while they took more than 200 reference photos from various angles. Lee continued: “It was a unique and interesting experience. The team had won me over with their meticulous attention to detail, professionalism and brilliant craftsmanship. I’m extremely grateful for their hard work.”
The world-exclusive wax figure of Lee Jong-suk will don a fluorescent pink suit specially designed to exude contemporary style while showing off Lee’s perfectly sculpted fashion-model physique. Lee revealed that his wax figure’s dynamic pose – standing on one foot – expresses his active spirit and youthful personality, whereas his “V” peace sign is meant to impart a positive attitude among visitors of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.
Lee debuted as a fashion model at the young age of 16 and made a splash when he appeared as the youngest ever male fashion model at Seoul Collection of Seoul Fashion Week. He began to garner attention for his figure and handsome looks in 2010 when starring in the television dramas Prosecutor Princess and Secret Garden. In 2013-14, he played leading roles in I Can Hear Your Voice and Pinocchio, which brought him numerous accolades, including Grime Award’s youngest-ever Best Male Actor.
Ms Kelly Mak, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, said: “We are delighted to have Lee Jong-suk with us today for the unveiling ceremony of his world-exclusive wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. The Korean wave has taken Greater China and Asia by storm, and made a significant impact on popular culture worldwide. By launching the world’s first K-wave Zone last year, we have made it possible for fans of Korean culture to get up close to their favourite Korean celebrities without having to visit Korea. We became aware that many visitors wanted to interact with the wax figure of Lee Jong-suk, who is immensely popular and truly one of the brightest stars in Korean showbiz today. His arrival at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong will definitely boost the star power of K-wave Zone.”
Madame Tussauds Hong Kong’s K-wave Zone, the first K-pop themed zone in Madame Tussauds worldwide, is also home to other Korean celebrities including: Siwon Choi, member of popular pop group Super Junior; Kim Soo-hyun, the lead actor of the immensely popular series My Love from the Star; U-Know Yun-ho and Max Changmin from TVXQ!, often dubbed “the Kings of K-pop”; Nichkhun Horvejkul, singer and rapper from boy band 2PM; and Bae Yong-joon, best known for his role in the drama Winter Sonata.
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