Madame Tussauds Unveils Whitney Houston Wax Figures
Whitney Houston Immortalized in all U.S. Madame Tussauds Locations
In celebration of Whitney Houston’s life and legacy, Madame Tussauds unveiled four wax figures of the star immortalizing her at memorable moments in her career on Thursday, February 7th at Madame Tussauds New York.
The new wax likenesses were unveiled at a special ceremony attended by members of the Houston family before being individually installed in each of the four U.S.-based Madame Tussauds attractions in New York City, Washington, D.C., Hollywood and Las Vegas.
This represents the first time in the more than 200-year history of Madame Tussauds that the attraction created and simultaneously launched four distinct wax likenesses of a single subject represented at different points of their life.
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.
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 Washington D.C.
On January 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 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.