A wax Whitney Houston statue has been added to Madame Tussaud's - Reverb

Whitney Houston preserved for generations at Madame Tussads

A Whitney Houston wax replica has made it's way into Madame Tussad's in Las Vegas.

A Whitney Houston wax replica has made it’s way into Madame Tussad’s in Las Vegas.

A spot in Madame Tussaud’s famous wax museum is the closest some celebrities will ever get to heaven. But if the goal is sticking around for eternity, there may not be all that much difference.

On Monday, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas unveiled its permanently fixed likeness of Whitney Houston, preserving the late pop singer’s countenance, and younger, killer body, for generations to come. The timing was a little eerie, exactly one year after her death.

Hard to tell what Whitney would think of the shiny, sinewy sculpture. The singer, actress and famous offspring changed her looks (and her wigs) often throughout her brief career, always staying right on trend. Whitney was a glam icon at her prime.

The Madame’s waxworkers have frozen her in the fashion-challenged 1980s. She’s decked out in the “tight purple-pink tank dress and blonde curly hair” she donned in her music video for “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” a song that snagged her a best female pop vocal Grammy  in 1988.

Whitney, in those pre-Mrs. Bobby Brown, pre-Kevin Costner co-star, pre-all-that-stuff-that-followed days, would have been 24, and an MTV superstar at the time.  In photos sent out by Madame Tussauds,  she looks stiff, but kind of hot, in that impossibly thin Julia Roberts, “Pretty Woman” sort of way that ruled the day.

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Ray Mark Rinaldi is the Entertainment editor at The Denver Post and a regular contributor to Reverb.

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