Madame Tussauds wax museum is adding the first lady to its District collection of famous figures in Washington.
Museum officials released pictures of the design process Wednesday and said the full figure will be unveiled in March. Designers will have spent six months on the figure, studying photographs and video footage of the first lady.
Artists insert each strand of hair individually; creating just the head of the wax figure can take up to five weeks alone. Materials such as red silk are used to create the veins on the eyeballs and it can take technicians almost four days to make a set of teeth, according to the museum.
General Manager Janine DiGioacchino says having an Obama figure is an honor because "as our nation's first African-American first lady, a proud working mom and budding style icon, Mrs. Obama is a role model to women around the corner and around the globe."
After Jacqueline Kennedy and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Obama will be the third first lady to be included in the collection.