In an Australian-first, one lucky girl from Oakden in Adelaide, South Australia won a national competition and was flown to Sydney to enjoy the experience of a lifetime.
Earlier this year, 11 year-old Zoe Pallis, entered a national competition to become Madame Tussauds Sydney’s first ever Mini Studios Assistant for the day, assisting behind the scenes of the glitz and glam of the celebrity scene and finding out what goes into creating the magic at the renowned celebrity wax attraction.
As part of the winning experience, Zoe and her mother Sheree were flown to Sydney to enjoy a private, behind-the-scenes tour of Madame Tussauds including an exclusive look inside the off-limits studios, where the creative magic happens! Zoe then created her own magical memories, brushing the hair of the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Captain Marvel, perfecting Rebel Wilson’s make-up and testing all the interactive displays to ensure tip-top conditions for guests. Zoe even learnt the tricks of the trade – including how to mix the most common skin tones with paint, and how to insert the hair of the wax figures; a process which takes the Madame Tussauds team over six weeks to complete, with each hair inserted into the wax individually.
On her experience, Zoe shared: “My favourite part of the day was definitely seeing all the celebrities and perfecting all their hair and make-up,” adding that her favourite wax figures were “Rebel Wilson and Taylor Swift and also Captain Marvel! It looked really real, like they were actually there!”
As part of the national competition, Australians aged between five and 16 years were invited to submit a creative entry demonstrating their passion for the celebrity scene! Zoe submitted three side-by-side imitations of her favourite celebrities; Audrey Hepburn, Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande, alongside a whimsical rhyme conveying her enthusiasm!
The competition ran in January 2020 in celebration of the arrival of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel into the Marvel Zone as part of an exciting new interactive. The experience immerses guests a multi-user AR experience and allows fans to take on a superhero role themselves using body-tracking sensors. Stepping in front of a giant screen, guests will see Captain Marvel’s insignia appear on their chest and a fiery glow appear around them as they harness her incredible binary powers!