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Why Madame Tussauds Didn't Use Pia Wurtzbach's Own Crowning Moment For Her Wax Figure

Hint: It's because of the iconic Mikimoto crown!
PHOTO: Ryan Ong via Instagram/piawurtzbach

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach officially has a twinthat is, she's got a wax figure that's going to be displayed at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong! She's the first Pinoy to be featured in the popular museum. Pia's wax replica was unveiled in Manila yesterday, March 28, 2019, and TBH, we can't tell them apart! 

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The figure is based on the moment when she passed on the Miss Universe title (and crown) to Iris Mittenaere of France in 2016 when she wore her iconic blue Michael Cinco gown. People can take photos with Pia's wax figure and get their very own crowning moment! 

In the comments section of one of her posts, a fan asked Pia, "But why is the crown not the one you wore?" I'm sure a lot of us have also been wondering why Pia and the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) chose that particular outfit, among many of the beauty queen's iconic moments onstage. 

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Check out these photos of Pia's own crowning moment in 2015: 

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Pia replied and said, "Hi! I actually asked Esther [from Miss Universe] the same question. MUO decided that this will be used for my wax figure. The DIC [Diamonds International Corporation] crown isn't being used anymore, the Mikimoto crown is the new official crown of Miss Universe from now on and the most iconic crown out of all in the past decade. I hope this clears up any confusion!" 

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Thanks for the explainer, Kween!

Fun fact: Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray actually ~broke~ the Mikimoto crown during her homecoming parade in the Philippines! OMG. 

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