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