A wax twin of Paul Van Haver, aka Stromae, has been present and correct at the Grévin Wax Museum in Paris, France, since Sunday evening. The Belgian artist was there for the unveiling. Line Renaud, aged 86, has also unveiled her own likeness. Both the French artist and Stromae (29), described by the Grévin Academy as “truly exceptional artists” spoke of their feelings during the joint tribute organised by the Parisian academy.
The Grévin Academy, chaired since last April by Stéphane Bern, chose to celebrate the two artists’ careers to date, describing them as “two extraordinary journeys with one common denominator – that of having started in the business at a very young age and meeting with immediate success.”
“The two, Line with her international fame, and Stromae, delightfully in a class of his own, have hugely varied talents,” said Stéphane Bern.
The writer of the 2013 hits “Papaoutai” and “Formidable” said it felt “very weird” coming face to face with his twin. “It’s nice to look at yourself from behind, too,” he added.
The wax depiction of Stromae, “a prodigious singer and true musical phenomenon,” is dressed in the polo shirt, shorts and knee-high socks he wore in his “Papaoutai” music video. At the age of 28, he is one of the youngest to have his double at the wax museum, a record which is still held by the French singer Lorie whose statue made its appearance there when the singer was just 21.
Paul Van Haver will feel quite at home among other Belgians at the museum, such as Amélie Nothomb whose statue was unveiled in 2007, and Benoît Poelvoorde, immortalised in 2008.
Currently on tour, Stromae recently announced he intends to take a break of “two, three or four years” after the international success of his album, “Racine Carrée”, adding he wants to make sure he “stays well-grounded”.