A wax figure of the late singer Aaliyah made its debut in Las Vegas.
Fans have been petitioning that the Madame Tussauds Museum create a wax figure statue for late singer Aaliyah for many years, and Wednesday those calls became a reality. Aaliyah’s statue was revealed 18 years after her tragic death after the museum finally opened discussions over a year and a half ago, according to Vibe. The figure replicates Aaliyah in her famous “Try Again” video from the year 2000. The singer is wearing a metallic bra and choker set with her signature leather pants.
“This set, rather than being a recreation of any one particular Aaliyah moment, was instead designed with a message to her fans in mind,” said Adam Morey, Studios Manager at Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas “It’s a message that hopefully reflects her everlasting legacy.”
According to reports, Aaliyah’s brother, Rashad Haughton, played a big role in making sure the wax figure really captured the “One in a Million” singer’s essence and was given “unprecedented access” to the creative process. The replica modeled the singer who died in a 2001 plane crash right down to her exact tattoos, details that Haughton made sure not to skip over.
One thing we made sure to include was all of my sister’s tattoos,” Haughton said in a statement obtained by Vibe. “They are all quite hidden because my sister chose strategic places for them due to her on-camera film work. We know how devout and knowledgeable her fans are and the great artists at Madame Tussauds have no limitations to their abilities when it comes to detail.”
Fans were indeed appreciative on social media of the efforts the museum took to immortalize the fallen superstar.
The Aaliyah wax figure looks GOOD !! pic.twitter.com/UAJqvxdnA2
— Kiss it better, baby (@YeenEvenKnowIt_) August 22, 2019
— CourtneyNicholle?? (@cnichollej1) August 22, 2019