The KSI figure was unveiled at The O2 as he prepares to return to the ring tonight and fight twice in one night, first against Swarmz and then Pineda.
Olajide Olayinka Williams ‘JJ’ Olatunji, better known as KSI, met ‘himself’ at The O2, to mark his official unveiling before he went on display at Madame Tussauds on the famous promenade of Blackpool.
Fans can get up close to the new KSI figure when she takes up residence at Madame Tussauds Blackpool on the main stage in the attraction’s Festival Fields area.
Commenting on meeting his new figure for the first time, KSI, who has had a string of hits including “Really Love” with Craig David and Digital Farm Animals, said, “When I found out I was going to get a figure at Madame Tussauds Blackpool, I was pretty excited, I’ve never been able to see myself until now and it’s just amazing and weird.
“It’s pretty crazy to be among all the people who have a figure at Madame Tussauds Blackpool; I am honored. I think my fans are going to have a lot of fun with my figure, maybe too much fun!”
Kyle Woodcock, Senior Director of Attractions at Madame Tussauds Blackpool, added: “We are delighted to welcome KSI’s new figurine to Madame Tussauds Blackpool and honored that he has personally unveiled it. He’s a huge music star, with a huge fan base who will be delighted to meet their hero as he takes to the main stage alongside an iconic line-up of music stars in the region. Fields Festival.
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With over 80 famous faces, Madame Tussauds Blackpool gives visitors the chance to get up close to their heroes, from sports stars to TV favourites, movie icons, singing sensations and everything in between.
It takes a team of 25 artists to work on a wax figure, spending a total of 800 hours collectively. This includes: 350 hours to sculpt the figure, 187 hours to insert hair and 30 hours to make teeth.
KSI joins 2,000 wax figures on display worldwide, with approximately 150 kg of clay used to sculpt each figure equaling 23 stones, the average weight of a tiger.
Kyle added, “A team of the most skilled, artistic and passionate people from around the world are involved in achieving the perfect wax figure and attention to detail is essential. The eyes are hand painted and every little detail is duplicated, including using fine red silk threads as veins in the whites of the eyes.
“Our costume department also works with some of the most sought after designers and stylists in the world to make sure we get the 100% figure for fans to love. We’ve even donated clothes from celebrities’ personal wardrobes that they’ve worn to an event.