Madame Tussauds Unveils Four Decades Of Whitney Houston In Wax

Category: Entertainment / Feb 07, 2013 3:55PM EDT
The legacy of Whitney Houston is living on with the unveiling of 4 new wax figures at Madame Tussauds in New York on Thursday (February 7). A special unveiling ceremony was attended by her mother, Cissy Houston, brothers Michael and Gary Houston and former manager Pat Houston. Gary kicked off the festivities by singing the Star-Spangled Banner. After the reveal Cissy thanked Madame Tussauds for honoring her daughter. "You've done a marvelous job. I happen to like the one on the end the best and I think it's more like her than. And the one in the space suit, that's good too." However, with the one-year anniversary of Whitney's death approaching, her mother found it too difficult to pose for photos next to the figures. "I'm sorry, I don't want to take a picture with it. I love it, don't get misconstrued on why I didn't, but I don't want to. I love it and I'm proud of her," said Cissy. Pat Houston, Whitney's former manager and wife of her brother Gary said they are dealing with her death day-by-day. "We just go from, taking one day at a time. And just keep it moving as she would say," said Pat. "We have a lot of phenomenal, great memories and realties of spending time with her in the years that she was here living with us," added Gary. Four decades of Houston's life are reflected in each of the figures. One likeness duplicates the look Whitney wore in the music video "How Will I Know." "This is the very, very beginning of her career here. You know, the innocence of Whitney, the very soft sweet Whitney Houston. Look at her, look at that, just a little girl, amazing," explained Pat. The next figure reflects her historic Super Bowl performance. "Who could forget that. That was a very, that was a historical moment. For the industry and for the world because she did such a phenomenal, phenomenal job," added Pat. The next figure marks her role in "The Bodyguard," which Pat affectionately called her diva-hood. The final one, which is a favorite of her brother Gary, represents one who her last music video, "I Look To You." "This is the woman Whitney, you know. This is me, this is who I am right here. So this, I will continue to say is my all time favorite," Pat told Reuters. The four likeness will be on display at Madame Tussauds attractions in New York, Washington, D.C., Hollywood and Las Vegas. Even in her death the singer is still managing to create history. The creation of the four wax attractions is the first time Madame Tussauds has made and unilaterally released the likenesses of one personality's life. "Four at one time, it's amazing. It was going back and forth and having divine order in creating. And step-by-step working together making sure that everyone was satisfied with the results, and we are, very much so," said Pat. A team of artists at Madame Tussauds' London studio created all four looks. Using a series of photos, the team first constructed the figures out of clay before recreating Houston's skin tone, dimple and hair. The entire process took approximately 4 months to complete and cost roughly $1.2 million U.S dollars (896,258 Euros). (Video Source: Reuters)