Taylor Netting, 13, couldn’t stop smiling as she clambered down from the stage, cellphone in hand. She had just taken a selfie with Katy Perry.
“That was so awesome,” she said, still grinning sheepishly. Back onstage, Perry hadn’t sung, danced or changed her facial expression — after all, she was made of wax.
The replica pop star is the newest addition to D.C.’s Madame Tussauds wax museum, here for a three month stay before being sent on to Orlando. She was introduced this morning at a far more subdued ceremony than the living woman is probably accustomed to. The audience for the invite-only event consisted mainly of reporters and museum staff, and there were no screaming teenagers to speak of.
Instead, the wax Katy was unveiled by George Mason student Lindsay Condelli, who won a contest organized by radio station Hot 99.5. Condelli doesn’t identify as a “Katy Cat” — the designation for Perry’s die hard fans — but she said she was “pretty excited” to be the first to see the figure.
Wax Katy took the relative lack of fanfare in stride. Clad in a characteristically eccentric movie-themed outfit — her chest was covered by two film reels, and fake popcorn peeked out from under a red and white striped skirt — she stood smiling broadly, one hand on her hip.
Madame Tussauds staff members are hoping that the real Perry’s concert at the Verizon Center tonight will help draw fans to the wax version. But they have another replica to contend with — just a block away at the National Portrait Gallery, an oil-on-linen painting of Perry is on view through July 6.
Is a wax Katy one Katy too many? Not for Netting, who has tickets to the concert tonight and is also considering visiting the portrait.
Whether her fans find her or not, wax Katy will keep standing proudly, arm on her hip, smiling straight ahead.