It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 12 months to the day that Whitney Houston passed away at a Los Angeles hotel.
But Madame Tussauds have paid their own special tribute this week by unveiling four brand new waxworks of the vocal legend at a New York ceremony.
Costing a staggering $1.2 million, the lifelike figures represent the late star at various points in her glittering career, including her starring role in The Bodyguard, her performance of ‘The Star Spangled Banner‘ at the Super Bowl, her 1988 music video for ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ and a photo shoot for her 2009 final studio album, ‘I Look To You.’
It’s the first time in Madame Tussauds’ 200-year history that so many waxworks of the same person have been produced at the same time, but although the waxworks were created in London, they will only be displayed across museums in Washington, Las Vegas, Hollywood and New York.
Her former manager and sister-in-law Pat Houston told People magazine how delighted she was with the whole concept:
“We were extremely honoured when Madame Tussauds approached us about doing four figures of Whitney from different points in her 30-year career. This is something we are excited to do for the fans.”
While Rosemary Preta, the director of marketing at Midway USA, Merlin Entertainment Group, added:
“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.”