We all know Madam Tussauds is a popular attraction in major cities around the world (when you run out of ideas where to visit, that is). What we don’t know is that other than waxworks of historical figures, film stars and iconic personalities, the museum also features Singapore’s best known icons – the SIA (Singapore Airlines) Singapore Girl.
Taking 3 months to sculpt the wax figure, Madam Tussauds has recreated the sarong kebaya stewardess in London, to be featured in the Madam Tussauds Singapore wax museum.
Who is this lucky air stewardess? It is none other than Ms Nur Surya Mohamed Ambiah, who is currently serving as flight attendant in SIA. It took more than a year for the committee to finally decide on Ms Nur Surya, who they think best embodies the “Singapore Girl” spirit through her warm personality, humility and good grace.
It also surprises us that this was not the first wax figure of the iconic Singapore Girl. The first was created more than 20 years ago in 1993. Madam Tussauds museum wanted a more contemporary look to add to their Singapore attraction and hence approached SIA to help with the project.
“Even now, I’m not sure I deserve such an honour”, Nur Surya told Singapore Airlines travel magazine Silverkris.
The 30-year-old Singapore Airlines cabin crew was not allowed to tell anyone about being selected by the museum, a secret she kept for six months before the unveiling.
The Singapore Girl waxwork is now exhibiting at Madame Tussauds Singapore. Tickets start at S$28.