- The Washington Times - Monday, April 13, 2009

Waxing well

Bowing gracefully to popular pressure sparked by our April 9 expose on the absence of Republican first ladies on display at Madame Tussauds, the house of wax is trying to make amends.

The museum launched a poll April 10 asking visitors to its Web site to vote for “which GOP First Lady they would like to see immortalized in wax.”

“The people have spoken, and they want to see a wax figure of a Republican First Lady,” said Janine DiGioacchino, general manager of Madame Tussauds New York and Washington, in a statement on the site.

Noting that its “poll attracted votes before it was even announced,” the Web site promises visitors “the chance to choose from a selection of iconic GOP First Ladies as well as an option to suggest other choices.” The site reports that AOL launched its own survey on the same topic, which had elicited more than 190,000 responses by 11 a.m. Friday.

The polls will close in one month, and the most popular Republican first lady will make her debut at Madame Tussauds in three to six months.

See you at the unveiling!

Buy American

Michelle Obama has yet another fan from the high-end-fashion community: Marie Gray, the designing diva behind luxury retailer St. John. Mrs. Gray made a rare Washington appearance for a spring trunk show at Neiman Marcus at Mazza Gallerie.

Green and Glover, in their best St. John knockoffs, sat down with Mrs. Gray before the show, and she told us that although Mrs. Obama sports “some very beautiful looks” and is a “stylish lady,” she should consider wearing St. John and other “made-in-the-USA” clothing because of the “shrinking job market” here at home.

She also said that although D.C. regular Angelina Jolie has not been the advertising face for St. John since “2005 or '06,” the actress wears St. John clothing to the occasional soiree. “We are using multiple girls,” Mrs. Gray explains of her new advertising campaign. “We have been stepping away from celebrities.”

Could the first lady be the next face of St. John?

Maybe if she vows to buy nothing but American.

Mutual Divotion

David Miller, lead singer of Simon Cowell's operatic pop creation Il Divo, rang G2 HQ from Switzerland, where the group is on tour.

Mr. Miller said he is looking forward to the May 8 concert at George Mason University's Patriot Center in Fairfax, but what we really wanted were details on his plans to wed Joy Kabanuck of the crossover vocal trio Three Graces.

Though he could not tell us when the wedding will take place, he was able to confirm that it will be “a small affair.”

Will the other members of Il Divo sing at his wedding? “I hope not!” he replied with a laugh.

“Just kidding,” he quickly added, explaining that he wants them to be able to enjoy the wedding as guests and not have to worry about singing, for a change. Nice recovery.

Il Divo performed in the Clinton White House in the 1990s and also sang a few tunes at the Purple Ball during the inaugural festivities in January. “The Obamas didn’t arrive at the ball until 12:30 or 1:00 a.m., so we didn’t have a chance to talk to them,” said Mr. Miller, who added he hopes Il Divo will have an opportunity to sing at the White House or host the Obamas at their May concert.

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