Whitney Houston gets 4 Madame Tussauds wax figures, year after death (Photos)
Whitney Houston has been immortalized in wax with four different figures, which will be displayed at four Madame Tussauds museums in the United States to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the iconic singer's shocking death.
The statues are worth a total of about $1.2 million. All four represent iconic times from her career and were unveiled at Madame Tussauds New York on Thursday, February 7, at a ceremony attended by Houston's mother Cissy, brother Gary and his wife Pat, who posed for photos with the figures (see above).
(Check out more PHOTOS of Whitney Houston's four wax figures as well as pictures of her family members at the Madame Tussauds event in New York.)
This marks the first time in more than 200 years that Madame Tussauds has made created four distinct wax likenesses of a single subject represented at different points of their life, the company said in a statement.
"We were extremely honored when Madame Tussauds' approached us about doing not one, but four figures of Whitney from different points in her 30-year career," Houston's sister-in-law said. "This is something we are excited to do for the fans."
Three of the figures will soon be moved to Madame Tussauds museums in Washington D.C., Las Vegas and Hollywood, which will receive one that replicates Houston's look in the 1992 movie "The Bodyguard," the movie that made her famous, on February 11 -- exactly one year after she died at age 48 from accidental drowning, spurred by cocaine use and a pre-existing heart condition.
"The figures were first perfectly sculpted in clay then molded in wax before artists accurately recreated skin tone, including every freckle, mole and dimple," the Madame Tussauds statement said about the four statues. "Hair is then inserted one strand at a time and hairdressers, make-up artists and stylists then finish off the look."
The four wax figures are shown in the photo above (See more photos of Whitney Houston's Madame Tussauds wax figures). Check out details below:
Wax Figure 1 - Whitney Houston in her 1991 Super Bowl track suit, displayed at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.:
The statue has short, curly brown hair and is dressed in a replica of the white track suit with red, white and blue detailing that Houston wore when she performed the "Star Spangled Banner" at the 1991 Super Bowl, 10 days after the Persian Gulf War began. She was praised for her rendition, touted as one of the best, but was also later criticized after it was revealed she had lip-synced it.
Beyonce had also used a pre-recorded track when she performed the national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony, but later gave a live encore at a press conference ahead of her Super Bowl halftime show concert.
Wax Figure 2 - Whitney Houston in her "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" outfit, displayed at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas:
Houston's likeness is dressed in a tight, light purple tank mini-dress and sports long, teased, curly light hair, mimicking her look in her 1988 music video for her hit pop song "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," which earned the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 30th Grammy Awards in 1988.
Wax Figure 3 - Whitney Houston in a gold sequined gown, displayed at Madame Tussauds New York:
The singer's statue is dressed in the same outfit Houston wore for a photo shot for her 2009 No. 1 album "I Look To You." She has a short and straightened dark hairstyle that flips outward.
Wax Figure 4 - Whitney Houston's "Bodyguard" look, displayed at Madame Tussauds New York:
Houston's likeness is actually her "Bodyguard" character Rachel Marron, who is dressed in the chromed-silver costume she wore while singing the fast-paced pop song "Queen of the Night" in the movie. Madame Tussauds' designers had borrowed the original outfit from studio Warner Bros. to ensure an exact replication, the company said.
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