MANILA -- The launch of Catriona Gray's wax figure in Madame Tussauds has been moved to next year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The former Miss Universe made the statement in an online interview with handpicked fans, saying her wax figure will tour Madame Tussauds museums in Singapore, Bangkok, and Hong Kong after being unveiled in Manila.
"We hope to launch in Manila, Philippines," she told a Filipino fan. "She will tour not just Singapore but also Bangkok, Thailand, and also Hong Kong. So she's going to be a well-traveled queen."
Gray told another fan from Thailand: "Originally our timeline to launch my wax figure was around this time this year. But, of course, with everything that's happened, it's been pushed to 2021, to next year."
Gray went on to share details about her Madame Tussauds wax figure, saying it will wear her iconic red gown and do her "lava walk" during the Miss Universe 2018 pageant.
"My wax figure will be donning probably my most iconic look, and that's the lava dress," she told a Filipino fan. "It will be my coronation winning look, complete with an identical ear cuff."
Speaking with a Singaporean fan, the beauty queen said: "My wax figure will be doing something like the lava walk, which is my walk from Miss Universe. So hopefully you can lava walk next to her."
When asked by a fan from Canada about her favorite part in creating her wax figure with Madame Tussauds, Gray replied: "I think my favorite process was just how it's done. Because I've been to a Madame Tussauds and when you see a wax figure, you don't really put a lot of thought into exactly how it's done. Is it like photographs, is it a video, is it like they take measurements?"
She continued: "It's insanely detailed, they use all these different types of equipment. They have colorists, specialists that take paint and actually match your skin tone with paint on paper. And they have all these different swatches of hair to get the exact color and tone, even a box of eyeballs that they get out to match your iris and the actual tone of your eye color, and even the whites of your eyes. Same with teeth, it's incredibly detailed. So I think that was the coolest part about it, just watching how it was all done."
Gray is the third Filipino personality to have a wax figure at Madame Tussauds, after Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.