Digital celebrities, SMOSH, are getting waxed and coming to town!
Join us on Saturday, March 5th at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City (Ground level in front of Nordstrom) at noon EST, as we unveil SMOSH's wax doubles! Be one of the first to snap a selfie with the digital duo from noon to 1 PM at this FREE event!
SMOSH, comprised of Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, have cultivated a highly popular online presence. Their 3,000-plus videos have accrued 7.4 billion views. Their first video, released in November 2005, the Pokémon Theme Music Video catapulted them to success. It became the most-viewed video on YouTube at that time, and has since gained 24.7 million views. SMOSH has released four studio albums, Sexy Album (2010), If Music Were Real (2011), Smoshtastic (2012) and The Sweet Sound of Smosh (2013).
All of their accomplishments garnered them the special honor of being the first YouTube wax figures. Of the experience, Hecox and Padilla said, “What an honor it is to be recognized and chosen for Madame Tussauds [as the] first YouTube wax figures in their 250 year history."
The figures, which were created via hundreds of measurements taken by Madame Tussauds studio artists when they met with the duo, were originally unveiled in California at the world premiere of "SMOSH: The Movie" this past summer.
“To have the big reveal take place on the red carpet at the premiere of our first movie just made this eventful day even more memorable," Padilla and Hecox said at the unveiling.
Once back at the museum, the figures will be placed in a special green screen set where guest will be able to take unique photos and videos with the figures. Fans will then have the ability to email or text their pictures in order to better preserve their SMOSH memories.
SMOSH are the first ever YouTube wax figures created by Madame Tussauds in their 250 year history – though Jenna Marbles, Alfie Deyes & Zoella and Grumpy Cat are next on the list
The SMOSH figures are dressed in clothing personally chosen and donated by Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox
SMOSH met with Madame Tussauds artists to take hundreds of precise measurements and take a catalogue of reference pictures to ensure the figures’ facial expressions and poses were as lifelike as possible
It took more than four months and a team of 20 Madame Tussauds artists to create the figures
In Madame Tussauds Orlando, fans get to choose between different SMOSH-centric backdrops and can even add extra graphic elements to give a truly unique photo experience
Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox are the duo behind the powerhouse digital comedy brand SMOSH, which debuted on YouTube in 2005. SMOSH catapulted to YouTube’s #1 most subscribed channel in 2013, ranks among YouTube’s Top 3 most viewed channels of all time with more than SEVEN BILLION lifetime views, and counts over 35 million combined channel subscribers and 30 million social followers. Time Magazine called SMOSH the “SNL of the Internet”, Forbes named Padilla and Hecox “A New, Purely Digital, Breed of Celebrity”, ranking the duo in their Hollywood ’30 Under 30’ two years in a row, and a recent survey commissioned by Variety ranked SMOSH as the #1 most influential figures among American teens, beating out traditional celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Seth Rogen.
SMOSH's multi-faceted enterprise, based around its flagship YouTube channel and highly trafficked website, includes multiple record-setting channel spinoffs, including SMOSH Games (ranked among YouTube’s fastest growing channels ever) and Shut Up Cartoons, along with top-charting musical endeavors, merchandising, magazines, comic books, mobile, OTT and gaming apps and the brand’s first feature length film SMOSH: The Movie, released this past summer.