In honor of Aaliyah’s life and musical contributions, she has been immortalized in a new way this week:
As a wax statue.
The statue was revealed yesterday to friends and family of the late R&B star on the Vegas strip and is now available for viewing at Madame Tussauds in Vegas for any tourists who wish to pay their respects.
The outfit and styling of a wax figure are very important, and this was no exception.
Wax-Aaliyah is wearing the iconic outfit from her ‘Try Again’ music video which debuted in 2000 featuring a rhinestone-studded bra top, matching extra-thick rhinestone collar and belt, with black leather pants. Her hair is styled straight and long, just like the video, though her makeup seems to be more subdued than what the original look showcased.
When the Studio Manager at Madame Tussauds, Adam Morey, spoke about their creation of Aaliyah, he said that the outfit was an obvious choice and an iconic, classic set that represents a lot of what Vegas itself is all about – sexy, glitz, and timeless glamour.
Morey says that not only was Aaliyah’s close family aware of the wax process, but they were also incredibly helpful and supportive of the entire thing.
Aaliyah’s brother, Rashad Haughton, said he was a part of it from the very start, and Morey used the words “unprecedented access” when describing the information and details given to Madame Tussauds’ by the family.
Little details like Aaliyah’s often-hidden tattoos were provided to the artists to ensure accuracy. Many fans don’t realize it, but Aaliyah had a total of four tattoos – an A on the side of one wrist, an Ankh inside her wrist, a music symbol on her ankle and a dove on her lower back.
She often wore clothing or jewelry to strategically hide these.
Wax-Aaliyah is debuted just days before the anniversary of her tragic death. On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah was on board an aircraft on the Abaco Islands in Bahama when it crashed just after takeoff, killing her and 8 others on board.
Those who died included employees of her record label, a family friend, her makeup artist, and more. Aaliyah was in the Bahamas to shoot a music video for her single “Rock the Boat”, off of the self-titled album Aaliyah that was released just a month before her death.
While the star never made headlines about going to the best drug rehab clinics or needing any depression treatment, she wasn’t without controversy. In 1994, when she was just 15, she illegally married R Kelly, who was 27 at the time.
The marriage was annulled a year later and eventually expunged from her record due to being too young to wed without parental consent. At the time of her death, she was in what appeared to be a healthy and mature relationship with Damon Dash, co-founder of Roc-a-Fella Records.