It has been one year since the passing of the iconic Whitney Houston but her legacy is still very much alive. Madam Tussauds unveiled 4 amazing wax figures of the beautiful singer, capturing pivotal moments in her career. Whitney’s brother, Gary, former manager/sister-in-law, Pat, and mother, Cissy Houston, were all in attendance during the unveiling in New York City. According to the Afro.com, each of the wax figures will be featured in a unique pose and costume, recreating a significant moment of Houston’s incredible career.
• Madame Tussauds New York
In 2009 Whitney Houston released “I Look to You,” which was her first studio album in six years, and quickly reminded listeners why she was one of the greatest artists of all time. The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 — becoming her fourth number one album — and has gone on to sell more than 2.5 million copies worldwide. At Madame Tussauds New York, Houston will be dressed in an elegant gold sequined floor-length gown evocative of the one she wore in the “I Look to You” album photo shoot.
• Madam Tussauds Washington, D.C.
On Jan. 27, 1991, Houston delivered one of the most stirring renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner” ever recorded at the start of Super Bowl XXV. It was a moment that held national significance due to the fact the U.S. was at war in the Persian Gulf and one that became a defining moment of her career. At Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C., Houston will be portrayed as she appeared on that day and dressed in a recreation of the white track suit with red, white and blue detailing that she wore with a white headband.
• Madame Tussauds Hollywood
Houston took on her first major acting role when she starred as singer Rachel Marron in 1992’s “The Bodyguard.” The film was a box office success, becoming the second highest grossing release of the year, and the soundtrack, which features Houston’s cover of “I Will Always Love You,” sold 45 million copies worldwide and has gone on to become the best-selling soundtrack of all time. At Madame Tussauds Hollywood, Houston will be depicted as Rachel Marron wearing a replica of the chromed-silver “Queen of the Night” costume she famously wore in the film. Warner Bros kindly lent the original outfit to Madame Tussauds studio artists to ensure an exact recreation.
• Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
The first single from Houston’s second studio album was titled “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and earned the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 30th Grammy Awards in 1988. The song’s accompanying video became one of Houston’s best recognized music videos and ran in heavy rotation on MTV, VH1, and BET. At Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, Houston’s wax figure will be styled in the same way she appeared in the video, wearing a tight purple-pink tank dress and blonde curly hair.
Noticeably missing was Whitney’s only daughter, Bobbi Kristina. Reports are swarming that there has been tension between Bobbi Kris and her grandmother, Cissy, who has been promoting her book, Remembering Whitney. Bobbi Kristina made it publicly clear that she wants nothing to do with the book and does not support its release. In a twitter rant, she posts:
The Houston Family has had all eyes on them since the airing of their reality show, The Houstons: On Our Own. It showed the family’s struggle with grief and trying to move on in the wake of Whitney’s passing. Most interesting and, in my opinion, sad, was the relationship between Bobbi Kristina and Pat Houston. Every episode showed Pat’s attempt to break thru to Bobbi Kris who appeared to be either drunk or high and spending most of her time away from the family with adopted brother/boyfriend, Nick Gordon. No one can really understand what Bobbi Kristina is going thru. We lost an icon…she lost a mother. Hopefully, Bobbi Kristina and the Houston family can come together and work out their differences.
People reported: [This is] “first time in 200 years that the museum has simultaneously created so many different figures of the same subject.” All four figures cost an estimated $1.2 million and directly capture Whitney Houston’s likeness. Pat Houston stated: Whitney’s former manager/ sister-in-law, Pat Houston stated: “This is something we are excited to do for the fans.”
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