MISS Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach is really a Filipina we could all be proud of. Aside from being UNAIDS ambassador who has since used her the spotlight to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS issues, she will be the first Filipino to have a wax figure displayed at Madame Tussauds in Hong Kong.
The tourist drawer museum at The Peak will have Pia's wax figure displayed along with those of Taylor Swift, Jackie Chan and Choi Siwon in 2019.
The beauty queen-actress has gone through measurement process for her 'twin' figure with a team from London and she got a look at the different elements used in wax figure making and even goofed around with eyeballs and different hair colors.
Madame Tussauds general manager Jenny You said the decision to add Pia to their roster of famous personalities was due to the clamor of the Philippine community living and visiting Hong Kong.
"Our Filipino guests have always been very important to us and we've always believed we should have a Filipino wax figure, so we're very pleased to have Ms. Pia Wurtzbach mark this milestone with us... With Pia's sweet, positive and fun personality, we really could not have imagined having anyone but her to represent the Philippines in this way," she said.
"More than being a queen, she has all the makings of an icon and we're proud to be able to house her wax figure." she added.
It sounds bigger than the importance given to a Filipino community abroad at this year's Emmys during the opening monologue by hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che, when the latter questioned how the popular television show ER could go on for 15 seasons without a single Filipino nurse.
“TV has always had a diversity problem I mean, can you believe they did 15 seasons of ER without one Filipino nurse? Have you been to a hospital?” Che asked.