Among The Stars

TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK, NY- Almost two weeks ago was spring break for me and many other students here in NYC. No, I didn’t fly out on vacation somewhere, but I did get to have fun with my little sister and my boyfriend at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Times Square. For those of you who have no idea what Madame Tussaud’s is, its a museum where celebrities, politicians, world leaders, and historical figures are on display and made out of wax. The figures are really life like and you can take photos. There is also a 4-D movie free with admission. There are many locations for this museum around the world. It had been six years since I last went there, so things were a little different, which is great because I don’t like predictable exhibitions.

My sister was excited to see many of her favorite bands and celebrities like the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Whitney Houston, and Taylor Lautner. Gilberto had a ball with Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston, Tony Bennet, Jimmy Hendrix and a few sports figures. I was honored to see Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Justin Timberlake (before and after N’sync).

The Marvel 4-D experience was awesome. Wax figures of the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and Nick Fury were on display (sadly Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye are in the Hollywood location). The 4-D movie was awesome. All the Avengers including Spider Man had to fight Loki and the Frost Giants. We got to see and feel the whole battle.

The only thing I will say that the museum lacked was Latino/ Latina. Where are the leaders and celebrities in our culture? When I last visited Madame Tussauds’s six years ago, I remember seeing Salma Hayek, Gloria Estefan, Shakira, Cesar Chavez, and Jennifer Lopez (I don’t believe Jennifer Lopez is the best representative for Latinos/ Latinas, but thats a post for another day). I understand there are some in different locations like Sofia Vergara, but is that it? What about legends that have changed the world like Marc Anthony, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Frida Kahol? Where are their figures? Just something to think about.

Brad and Angelina
Brad and Angelina
Leonardo Di Caprio
Leonardo Di Caprio
Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian
Me trying to control the Hulk
Me trying to control the Hulk
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Alondra and her favorite superheroe
Alondra and her favorite superheroe
Colin Powell
Colin Powell
With Ben Franklin
With Ben Franklin
One of my favorite writer's F.Scoot Fitzgerald
One of my favorite writer’s F.Scoot Fitzgerald
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
Marylin Monroe
Marylin Monroe
Future president someday
Future president someday
Yes. Spongebob is there.
Yes. Spongebob is there.
Gil with Woody Allen
Gil with Woody Allen
The Mighty Thor
The Mighty Thor
The Beatles
The Beatles
Alondra with Taylor Lautner
Alondra with Taylor Lautner

Photos by: Me, Alondra Oliveras, and Gilberto E. Burgos.

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