Aaliyah Wax Figure Inspired by 'Try Again' Video Unveiled at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
Nearly 18 years after her death, Aaliyah has been immortalized with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas. The figure, which pays homage to the singer’s work, was unveiled by her brother Rashad Haughton.
“I was involved in the process from the inception of the project,” Haughton told Vibe of the figure which recreates a scene from Aaliyah’s 2000 music video for her song “Try Again.”
Aaliyah with her Brother at "MTV20: Live and Almost Legal" in New York City on August 01, 2001 | Photo: Getty Images
REMEMBERING EVERY DETAIL OF AALIYAH
Recounting how he and their mother made sure to include every detail of the late singer in her wax figure, Haughton commended Madame Tussauds’ role in the process.
“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.”
According to the studio manager at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, Adam Morey, the accompanying set to Aaliyah’s wax figure was “designed with a message to her fans in mind.” “It’s a message that hopefully reflects her everlasting legacy,” he added.
Aaliyah performs at KMEL 106 Summer Jam on August 29, 1998 in Mountain View, California | Photo: Getty Images
CHOOSING THE FIGURE
Morey also told the outlet that the choice of “Try Again” was a no-brainer because Aaliyah’s signature look – leather pants, metallic bra, belt, and choker – “has the sexy, edgy, timeless vibe” that is a part of the Las Vegas attraction.
“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.”
Aaliyah attends the Essence Awards in New York City on April 27, 2001 | Photo: Getty Images
A BROTHER'S HOMAGE
Paying tribute to his sister’s memory at the wax figure unveiling ceremony on Wednesday, Haughton described Aaliyah as humble.
“Being kind and so down to earth is what drew people to her,” Haughton continued. “The ability to treat everyone around her like stars and let them shine just like her was incredible.”
August 25 will make it 18 years since Aaliyah perished alongside others in a plane crash in the Bahamas. The New-York born rising star was only 22.
Aaliyah and her crew had been to the Bahamas to shoot a music video for “Rock the Boat,” one of the tracks on her self-titled third and last album. They were on their way back to Miami when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff.
A month before her death, Aaliyah would perform for the last time on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” as part of promotional stops for her third album.