Aaliyah's legacy lives on!
On Wednesday (August 22), Madame Tussauds unveiled the late R&B superstar's wax figure at their Las Vegas location. On hand to present the highly-anticipated statue was Aaliyah's brother Rashad Haughton.
The wax figure pays tribute to the late singer's 2000 "Try Again" music video as it's clothed in Aaliyah's often duplicated metallic bra, belt, and chocker set, as well as her signature leather pants.
"It was clear right away it would be the 'Try Again' look for our Aaliyah figure," Madame Tussauds Las Vegas' Studio Manager Adam Morey told Vibe in a statement. "The look has the sexy, edgy, timeless vibe we try to imbue in the Las Vegas attraction within all our creative choices. Mining popular culture as only Madame Tussauds can, our desire to honor Aaliyah and the look in this way was only confirmed as we see today’s Hollywood stars like KeKe Palmer, Kim Kardashian, Zendaya, also paying homage by recreating their own favorite moments of the Princess of R&B."
He added, Aaliyah's brother was given "unprecedented access" with the design of the figure to reflect his sister's "everlasting legacy."
"I was involved in the process from the inception of the project," Rashad told Vibe. "The team at Madame Tussauds welcomed a collaborative effort in choosing the pose and look of my sister's figure. They made sure my mother and I were comfortable and supported through an amazing but understandably emotional process."
"One thing we made sure to include was all of my sister's tattoos," he continued. "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."
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