A team of sculpture artists in London are creating the clay heads with the help of hundreds of photos of the leaders. It took designers six weeks to make the busts and the entire figures won’t be ready for four to six months, according to a press release.
Sculptor Vicky Grant works on the clay bust of Vice President Kamala Harris in London. Credit: Merlin Entertainments
“It’s a huge honor to be sculpting Kamala Harris and to get to this stage has been quite a journey,” said Vicky Grant, one of the sculptors, in a video shared with media.
“I feel like the most important features of Kamala Harris to get right are not only her lovely, warm and welcoming smile but also her eyes because I feel like she’s so engaging when she smiles, she actually smiles with her eyes as well.”
The winner of the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award, Rogers is one of the most buzzed-about young Black designers working today, having dressed former FLOTUS Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Rihanna.
Harris’ look will be completed with gold and pearl jewelery.
Sculptor David Burks works on the clay bust of President Joe Biden in London. Credit: Merlin Entertainments
Biden’s model will be wearing a midnight blue suit by Ralph Lauren, the Bronx-born son of Jewish immigrants who has been the standard-bearer for luxury Americana for more than 40 years. It will replicate the outfit he wore at the 46th presidential inauguration ceremony, which included a lavender tie and white dress shirt.
The artists will also create navy and gold cufflinks engraved with “US Senator” and a lapel pin in the shape of a US flag, said the press release.
“This will be my third president I’ve sculpted for Madame Tussauds,” said the principal sculptor, David Burks, in a video. “Previously I did James Garfield and Ulysses Grant so to add President Joe Biden to the collection is a big honor.”