NEW YORK — According to spokespeople for Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, [artist id="1244169"]Diddy[/artist] has been on their request list for years. The people wanted to see Diddy immortalized like his friends Snoop Dogg, Usher and Notorious B.I.G. before him. And on Tuesday (December 15), Sean Combs was live in the flesh in Times Square meeting his wax likeness for first time.
The statue was spot on — dressed in a white tuxedo jackets and black pants — looking like it had just stepped out an ad for Ciroc or I Am King men's fragrance.
Diddy came into Maddam Tussauds wearing a grin and a sharp gray suit. (You didn't think he'd be outdressed by his likeness, did you?)
"I wanna thank my mother, she was the originator of the wax figure," he said with a grin. Diddy took a moment to rub the figure's mouth and kept smiling. His mother, sister, nephew and son Justin were also in attendance.
"It's hard to explain looking at yourself like this," he continued. "They did an excellent job." Maybe too good — Combs said the statue is so lifelike it was a little "scary — scary in a good way."
Diddy said he'd had to stand still for three hours in front of the sculpting team while they captured his likeness. He chose to go with how he looks now as opposed to going with one of the many looks that he's rocked throughout his career.
"I went with the most recent likeness of myself," he said. "They wanted to do me live, how I was. It wasn't like I could give them an old shot. What you see is what you get. This is the first time I'm seeing it. It's to my liking. It looks very realistic — one of the more realistic ones."
Diddy said the next hip-hop stars he thinks should get wax figures are Lil Wayne, Eminem and Jay-Z.