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Ovation: Whitney Houston Tribute At Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

02/10/2013

HoustonI’ve never understood the point of wax museums.  I suppose that, in years gone by when it was virtually impossible to come face to face with a famous person, a wax model was the next best thing.  Nowadays, wax figures are so lifelike that it’s often difficult to tell the difference between a statue and an actually person.

This week, on the anniversary of her death, four statues of pop icon Whitney Houston were unveiled at Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York.  The figures, all in Houston’s likeness, mark various moments of the Grammy-winning singer’s 30-year career in music and film.  This is the first time Tussauds has immortalized a celebrity with four different figures at one time with each to be placed in a different location around the country.

  1. The wax figure of Houston wearing a slinky dress in the 1988 video ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)’ will be placed in the Las Vegas museum.
  2. The replica of Houston in the 1992 movie ‘The Bodyguard’ will be shown in the Hollywood location (how apropos).
  3. The rendering of Houston wearing her track suit from her ‘Star Spangled Banner’ performance at the 1991 Super Bowl will appear in Washington, D.C.
  4. The likeness of Houston wearing a shimmering dress for her final album, ‘I Look to You,’ will be in New York.

As usual, the folks at Madame Tussauds have created images so lifelike that they’re almost creepy.  And this is exactly what fans of wax figures expect to see.

Houston entertained and inspired thousands of people all over the world and now she can continue to bring smiles to the faces of fans in four locations.

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4 Comments
  1. The Wax Musueams always remind me of the “Twilight Zone” episode where a person goes to a department store and gets off on a floor where she is told by the others she is late. It turns out she is a mannequin and her 30 days as a human are over. Whitney deserves her recognition – she was a talent. Thanks, BTG

  2. Sorry to disagree once again, but should we be immortalizing someone who was so stoned most of the time she didn’t know what she was doing? What kind of role model is this? She was a phenomenal talent, but not necessarily a person to admire.

    • You make a very valid point. Hopefully, people will learn that no matter their accomplishments, sometimes they’ll be remembered only for their failures. Despite her personal problems and like those of many before her, Houston’s artistic legacy remains beautiful.

      Thanks for reading!

  3. Of course, JFK and Bill Clinton, whom I admire, were both notorious skirt chasers. And, Tiger Woods is in wax, although his extramarital escapades may melt the wax. And, Richard Nixon was a crook and could have gone to jail if not pardoned by Gerald Ford and was prosecuted. To your point, we could likely find fault with almost everyone there. Some are more infamous than famous, but none are perfect. Whitney fits right in, talented but flawed. I agree with benzeknees, she is not the best of role models.

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