For the first time in Madame Tussauds history, the famous wax museum will immortalize one person with four different likenesses during different points in their life; Whitney Houston is that honorary person.
Made in London, the figures will be dispersed throughout M. Tussauds museums around the country. The Washington D.C. version will feature Whitney in her infamous Superbowl National Anthem performance outfit, while Las Vegas will house the “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” Whitney with purple dress and feathered hair. The Los Angeles statue will don garb from her movie The Bodyguard, and the New York City branch will receive the statue in the gold gown from a 2009 photo shoot, and is schedule to be unveiled today (Feb. 7) in Times Square.
Rosemary Preta, Director of Marketing for Midway USA and Merlin Entertainment Group, says these specific points in Houston’s career were chosen because they’re so memorable. “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,” she said. “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.”
Pat Houston expressed anticipation about the wax immortalization of her sister-in-law, saying "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."