Stephanie Martin finally gets her interview.
Stephanie Martin finally gets her interview. (Courtesy of Stephanie Martin/KQED)

Finally, after years of interview requests, here I am face-to-face with the CEO of Facebook. He is casually sitting on a chair, cross-legged and barefoot, holding a laptop and wearing his trademark hooded sweatshirt.

It is a quieter meeting than I would have wanted, as Mark Zuckerberg just smiles and stares into space, flanked on one side by a stoic Leonardo DiCaprio in a suit and a dancing Rihanna on the other. Standing next to the new lifelike wax sculpture of Zuckerberg might be the closest I get to an interview. I am enthralled.

Twenty artists worked for months to construct the sculpture. It’s the small details, like the hand-painted freckles, that make Zuckerberg look real, says wax artist Petra Van der Meer.

“You can see the eyes. They’re made of acrylic,” Van der Meer adds. “They’re also hand-painted. And, also, you can see the tiny little veins in the corners of his eyes. Those are silk threads,” she says.

The artists inserted his hair, which is real, one strand at a time.

Wax sculptures of local celebrities will make up 35 percent of the sculptures in the brand-new Madame Tussauds wax museum on Fisherman’s Wharf when it opens June 26 — at the same site as the now-defunct Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf, which closed last August after 50 years.

Zuckerberg didn’t sit for the sculpture and there is no word from Facebook on how its leader feels about his new doppelganger. But on Wednesday, Facebook (run by the living Zuckerberg) announced the introduction of a news wire service for journalists and newsrooms, FB Newswire.


Stephanie Martin Taylor

Stephanie Martin is a radio news reporter and anchor, and an occasional host of the KQED Newsroom television program. While she currently focuses on housing and development issues, she has also reported on topics ranging  from state and local politics to religion to arts and culture. Prior to joining KQED in 2005, Stephanie was an anchor and reporter for WFDD, the NPR affiliate in Winston-Salem, NC. She also spent several years as a television anchor, reporter and producer at various stations around the country. Stephanie has received numerous awards for her reporting, including two National Headliner Awards, the Religion Newswriters Association's Best Radio Reporting Award and honors from the Associated Press and the Radio and Television Digital News Association. A series she produced from Iraq in 2005 earned a Best of Radio Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Stephanie received a graduate degree in Journalism from Columbia University. As an undergraduate at Colgate University, she worked and studied in Paris and Dijon, France, and spent a summer interning in the White House Press Office. Stephanie grew up in Dallas, TX, and now lives with her husband in San Francisco.

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