Whitney Houston Immortalized in Four Wax Figures at Madame Tussauds
Four statues of the late pop icon Whitney Houston were unveiled at Madame Tussauds wax museum Thursday (Feb. 7) in New York. The figures, all in Houston’s likeness, mark various moments of the Grammy-winning singer’s 30-year career in music and film.
This is also the first time Madame Tussauds has immortalized a celebrity with four different figures at one time. The plan here is to place the different statues at various locations around the country.
The wax figure of Houston wearing a slinky dress in the 1988 video ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)’ will be placed in the Las Vegas museum. The replica of Houston in the 1992 movie ‘The Bodyguard’ will be shown in the Hollywood location (how apropos). The rendering of Houston wearing her track suit from her ‘Star Spangled Banner’ performance at the 1991 Super Bowl will appear in Washington, D.C. Finally, the likeness of Houston wearing a shimmering dress for her final album, ‘I Look to You,’ will be in New York.
As usual, the folks at Madame Tussauds know how to recreate life-like figures of celebrities and dignitaries to a tee. Houston’s images are uncanny, and, well, a little creepy. But who better to have their face immortalized in wax than Nippy. She has entertained and inspired thousands of people all over the world.
“We were extremely honored when Madame Tussauds approached us about doing four figures of Whitney from different points in her 30-year career,” said Houston’s manager and sister-in-law Pat Houston. “This is something we are excited to do for the fans.”
Overcome by the display of her late daughter, Cissy Houston did not want to take photos with any of the wax figures. “I love it, don’t get misconstrued. Thank you so much,” she said tearfully.
The Whitney Houston wax statues arrived nearly one year after the pop songbird’s untimely passing. The veteran singer was found in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Feb. 11, in what the medical examiner later confirmed to be an accidental drowning related to heavy cocaine usage and heart disease.
Rest in peace, Whitney Houston. We’ll always love you.
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