Madame Tussauds to Honor Whitney Houston
Immortalizing Whitney - four times!
To celebrate the life and unparalleled career of Whitney Houston, Madame Tussauds has chosen to immortalize the beloved artist in wax – not once, but four times at four separate and iconic points of her life.
Each one of these four figures will be showcased at a Madame Tussauds Attraction in the U.S - the first time in Madame Tussauds’ 200-plus year history that we have created four distinct wax likenesses of a single subject at different points of their life.
These four new wax figures, which honor the performer at memorable points of her long career, will be unveiled at a special ceremony in early February at Madame Tussauds New York in Times Square. They will then be individually installed in each of the four U.S.-based Madame Tussauds attractions in New York City, Washington, D.C., Hollywood and Las Vegas – each accompanied within an specially-designed immersive and commemorative setting.
Whitney's family "extremely honored"
“Mention Whitney Houston’s name and you can almost hear her performance of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ at Super Bowl XXV, her incredibly powerful take on ‘I Will Always Love You,’ the soulful ‘I Look to You’ or the catchy hit ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody,’ immediately playing in your head,” said Rosemary Preta, Director of Marketing, Midway USA, Merlin Entertainments Group. “She was a true and rare talent and we are exceedingly proud to be adding her wax likeness to our attractions in the United States.”
Speaking on behalf of the family and The Whitney Houston Estate, Pat Houston said: "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. This is something we are excited to do for the fans."
Creating the figures
Each of the wax figures of Whitney Houston has been created by a team of artists at our Madame Tussauds’ studio in London, England.
Our figures are first sculpted in clay then molded in wax, before artists accurately recreate skin tone - including every freckle, mole and dimple.
The figure’s hair is then inserted one strand at a time and hairdressers, make-up artists and stylists finish off the look. This painstaking process takes four months to complete at an approximate cost of $1.2 million for the four Whitney figures.
Four iconic Whitney moments
Each of the four wax figures of Whitney will be featured in a unique pose and costume, recreating a significant moment in her incredible career.
Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C.
Here Whitney will be portrayed as she delivered her stirring rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” at the start of Super Bowl XX in January 1991. Her figure will be dressed in a recreation of the white track suit with red, white and blue detailing that she wore with a white headband.
Madame Tussauds New York
Here Whitney will be dressed in an elegant gold sequined floor-length gown evocative of the one she wore in 2009's “I Look to You” album photo shoot.
Madame Tussauds Hollywood
Here she will be depicted as Rachel Marron in 1992’s “The Bodyguard". 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
Here her figure will be styled in the same way she appeared in the video for “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, wearing a tight purple-pink tank dress and blonde curly hair. The song earned her the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 30th Grammy Awards in 1988.