After 15 years at its iconic Times Square location in New York City, Madame Tussauds New York is set to launch the first-ever wax figure of a social media celebrity, Jenna Marbles. With more than 15 million subscribers to her YouTube channel, Marbles regularly attracts audiences in the millions. Marbles’ immense popularity made her an obvious choice to be immortalized in wax by the famed Madame Tussauds attraction where visitors will have the opportunity to see her figure later this year.
Earlier this summer, a group of skilled Madame Tussauds studio artists met with Marbles in California to begin the wax figure creation process. More than 250 detailed measurements were taken, exact hair and eye color was matched and the pose of the figure was determined. In addition to being the first YouTube sensation at Madame Tussauds' Times Square location, her figure is also the first selfie-taking wax figure at the site. Her figure is positioned with an outstretched arm holding a phone that will snap selfie's of visitors from the wax figures perspective.
“We are thrilled to be working with Jenna Marbles and cannot wait to bring the finished figure to our attraction this fall,” said Bret Pidgeon, General Manager of Madame Tussauds New York. “As we celebrate 15 years in Times Square, it’s very exciting to bring two firsts to our guests - a wax figure of an online sensation AND the very first selfie-taking wax figure in the U.S.”
“Working with Madame Tussauds has been great – I can’t believe I’m getting my own figure,” commented YouTube sensation Jenna Marbles. “Watching the studios team work so diligently to get every last detail of me was an interesting experience and I can’t wait to see the finished result!”
The Jenna Marbles YouTube channel is one of the Top 10 most-subscribed channels on the social media site and the top channel operated by a woman (as of May 2015). More than 1.8 billion video views on topics including "How To Trick People Into Thinking You're Good Looking" and "How To Avoid Talking To People You Don't Want To Talk To." Additionally, Marbles hosts a weekly pop countdown on Sirius XM Hits 1 “YouTube 15” and co-hosts the Jenna and Julien Podcast with her boyfriend Julien Solomita.