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Awkwafina is Nora From Queens... and Now a Wax Figure! 🌐

  • Wednesday November 1st 2023
  • Awkwafina, Queens, The Unisphere


New York-native and multi-talented actress, writer, and producer Nora Lum – best known to the world as Awkwafina – met her TWO wax figures for the first time in her hometown Queens at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, once home to the historic New York World’s Fair, amidst stunning views of the globally recognized local landmark The Unisphere.

Known for her incredible talent and infectious charm, Awkwafina has taken the entertainment world by storm over the years, earning rave reviews for her performances in Warner Bros. now-classic film Crazy Rich Asians and her hit Comedy Central series Nora From Queens. In 2020 she won the Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical’ for her performance in Lulu Wang's The Farewell.

The New York figure is set in a dynamic pose that embodies the star's vibrant and charismatic spirit, dressed in an elegant blue gown, matching earrings, silver heels, a ring, and Awkwafina’s signature ‘NY’ wrist tattoo. The look is reminiscent of the high-neck, deep V bodice organza Monique Lhuillie gown Awkwafina wore to the 2021 Emmy Awards.

The beloved superstar shared her thoughts about her latest accomplishment. “The ability for this to happen to me is just really cool, to be, as you guys say, immortalized in wax. One is going to be living in the New York City location…so to know that I’m going to be in my hometown is a huge honor,” said Awkwafina.

Awkwafina met with Madame Tussauds’ talented creative team of sculptors, colorists, hairdressers and stylists to ensure that all aspects of ‘Nora from Queens’ were precise from head-to-toe. The two figures took approximately nine months to create by a team of 20 London-based artists, and Madame Tussauds studio artists collaborated diligently with Awkwafina and her team of make-up artists and hairstylists to properly capture her exact measurements, hair color, eye color, skin tone and complexion.