KSI figure unveiled at Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Emma Meehan, Studio Supervisor, ensures KSI looks his best (Anthony Devlin)
Emma Meehan, Studio Supervisor, ensures KSI looks his best (Anthony Devlin)

Social media megastar KSI, came face-to-face with his new wax figure ahead of his back to back boxing matches this weekend.

Olajide Olayinka Williams "JJ" Olatunji, better known as KSI, met his doppelganger at The O2, to mark its official unveiling before it went on display at Madame Tussauds on Blackpool’s famous promenade this week.

Fans can now get up close and personal with the new KSI figure as it takes up residence at Madame Tussauds Blackpool on the main stage in the attraction’s Festival Fields area.

KSI has had a string of hits including Really Love (featuring Craig David and Digital Farm Animals), Don’t Play (with Anne-Marie and Digital Farm Animals) and Patience (featuring YUNGBLUD and Polo G).

KSI said: “When I found out I was going to get a figure at Madame Tussauds Blackpool, I was quite excited. I have never been able to see myself until now and it is just incredible and weird.

“It is quite wild to be amongst all the people that have got a figure at Madame Tussauds Blackpool; I’m honoured. I think my fans are going to have a lot of fun with my figure, maybe too much fun.”

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Senior attractions manager at Madame Tussauds Blackpool, Kyle Woodcock, said: “We’re delighted to welcome KSI’s new figure to Madame Tussauds Blackpool and honoured that he personally unveiled it.

"He’s a huge music star, with a large fan base who will be keen to meet their hero as he takes to the main stage alongside an iconic line-up of musical stars in the Festival Fields area.”

It takes a team of 25 artists to work on one wax figure, spending a total of 800 hours collectively. This includes 350 hours to sculpt the figure, 187 hours to insert a head of hair and 30 hours to make a set of teeth.

KSI joins 2,000 wax figures on display around the world, with roughly 150kg of clay used to sculpt each figure equating to 23 stone, the average weight of a tiger.

Mr Woodcock added: “A team of the most skilled, artistic and passionate people around the world are involved in making the perfect wax figure and attention to detail is key.

"The eyes are hand painted and every tiny detail is duplicated including using fine red silk threads as the veins in the whites of the eyes.

“Our costume department also works with some of the world’s most sought-after designers and stylists to ensure we’re getting the figure 100 percent right to ensure fans will love it.

"We even have donated items of clothing from celebrities’ personal wardrobes that they have previously worn to an event.”