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Late R&B singer Aaliyah immortalized in wax by Madame Tussauds

2019-08-23

A wax figure of R&B Princess Aaliyah is unveiled at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas at The Venetian Las Vegas on Wednesday. (Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds)

The memory of late R&B icon Aaliyah continues to live on – in wax.

A wax figure of the platinum-selling, chart-topping singer was unveiled on Wednesday in Las Vegas at the world-famous wax museum Madame Tussauds.

Aaliyah’s figure is a head-turning representation of her looks from the 2000 “Try Again” music video — complete with diamond-studded bra, choker, belt and skintight leather pants.

According to a rep for the global attraction, the wax figure was designed in London like all others and typically take a minimum of three to four months to complete.

Rashad Haughton poses with a wax figure of his sister, R&B Princess Aaliyah during an unveiling at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas at The Venetian Las Vegas on Wednesday.
Rashad Haughton poses with a wax figure of his sister, R&B Princess Aaliyah during an unveiling at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas at The Venetian Las Vegas on Wednesday. (Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds)

Aaliyah’s family was involved in the creation process of the figure, which is a part of the 1990s installation that also includes music acts such as Daft Punk, The Notorious B.I.G., Spice Girls and Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears in their matching denim outfits.

Aaliyah’s brother, Rashad Haughton, who created The Aaliyah App last year, told Vibe magazine, "I was involved in the process from the inception of the project. 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.”

Born Aaliyah Dana Haughton, the chart-topping singer is known as The Princess of R&B who left a string of hit songs including the R. Kelly produced “Back & Forth,” a cover of The Isley Bros. slow jam classic “At Your Best,” the Timbaland-produced “Are You That Somebody” and “Rock The Boat.”

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She also starred in the films “Romeo Must Die” and “Queen of the Damned.”

The Detroit-raised Brooklyn native died Aug. 25, 2001, in a plane crash in the Bahamas at the age of 22.