Stormzy has unveiled his first ever waxwork figure at Madame Tussauds London.
The waxwork was revealed in front of the grime star’s friends, family and young #Merky Books competition winners during a special #Merky event last night (August 11). The wax figure was first announced a few weeks ago on Stormzy’s 28th birthday and he has been working with Madame Tussauds on the creation of the figure since early 2020.
The figure itself pays homage to Stormzy’s iconic Glastonbury headline set. As with all of Madame Tussauds’ waxworks, the figure is incredibly detail orientated and features a replica of the Banksy Stab Vest that was originally created for the historic performance. The figure also wears black Yeezy Boost 350 V2 trainers and custom made #Merky earpieces.
Speaking about the unveiling of his figure, Stormzy said: “I can’t lie, it’s one of my proudest moments. At school, we’d go to Madame Tussauds London where you’d see staple figures in entertainment, history, and culture. So, for me to be there, it feels mad. Seeing myself in 3D was probably the creepiest, sickest, scariest, strangest, most surreal thing ever, but I feel so honoured to have my own figure.
“It was the easiest decision ever to have my figure styled on my Glastonbury performance and I’m so proud to be going into the Culture zone at Madame Tussauds London. From a young age, I’ve always had big dreams of who I’m trying to be in the world, in culture as well. For me to be who I want to be, and to achieve what I want to achieve, and leave my mark on this world, I need to tick these boxes. And having a figure at Madame Tussauds London was always a box I wanted to tick. To be in the Culture zone is just like, yeah, hopefully that’s where I belong, you know?”
The wax figure of Stormzy takes pride of place in the Culture Zone alongside the likes of William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II. There is no doubt that Stormzy is a modern day cultural icon and his placement in the Culture Zone is a reflection of his profound impact on British culture.
Tim Waters, General Manager at Madame Tussauds London added, “There is no denying that Stormzy’s influence is more than just his incredible music prowess. Stormzy has a huge sense of community and with each release of a new record comes another announcement of his scholarship programme, his publishing imprint, or his £10 million pledge to fight social injustice in the UK. It would have been very easy to position Stormzy’s figure in our Music zone, but we took a step back and decided to launch his figure in our Culture zone. We want to reflect that Stormzy is the voice of a generation that continues to have a significant influence on British culture, whether that’s through his award-winning music or his activism.
“Stormzy has worked so closely with our artists on the creation of his first ever figure and we loved his idea to make its unveiling part of a #Merky event, sharing the moment with his family, friends and some very lucky competition winners.”
Last night’s #Merky event included young fans who won tickets to the unveiling after pre-ordering #Merky Book’s upcoming release, Superheroes: Inspiring Stories of Secret Strength. Due for release on September 16, the event was also attended by contributors to the book including illustrator Denzell Dankwah, author Sophia Thakur, and young superstars Princess K and Omari McQueen who hosted a Q&A with Stormzy before he unveiled his Madame Tussauds London figure.
Stormzy is the latest figure to be unveiled at Madame Tussauds London, following on from the highly anticipated Little Mix reveal a few weeks ago.