Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas has immortalized Aaliyah with a wax figure, revealing the new figure in a ceremony with her family and fans on Wednesday.
The figure comes just over 18 years after the late singer died in a tragic accident. Her brother, Rashad Haughton, was also on hand for the unveiling and gave a brief speech.
But the star by far was the figure itself.
“…Rather than being a recreation of any one particular Aaliyah moment, (this) was instead designed with a message to her fans in mind,” says Adam Morey, Studios Manager at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas,“It’s a message that hopefully reflects her everlasting legacy.”
The new statue captures a moment of the late singer’s straight from Aaliyah’s “Try Again” music video in 2000. The figure can be seen sporting her signature leather pants and metallic bra, belt and choker set.
“It was clear right away it would be the ‘Try Again’ look for our Aaliyah figure,” Morey said. “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.”