It has been 18 years since R&B legend Aaliyah Haughton passed away in a fatal plane crash on Aug. 25, 2001. Since then, her family and fans have been protective of her memory, only working with select brands to create a makeup collection and fragrance in her honor.
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Now, the Haughton family has teamed with Madame Tussauds Las Vegas to create a wax statue in her honor. The lifelike replica was revealed Wednesday (Aug. 21), just days ahead of the anniversary of her death.
“I was involved in the process from the inception of the project,” the late singer’s brother Rashad told Vibe. “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.”
“Baby Girl” was immortalized in a now-iconic look from her 2000 “Try Again” video. The figure captured every detail — from her signature leather pants to her matching crystal bra, choker set (which celebs like Keke Palmer are still rocking in homage to the princess of R&B) down to her tattoos.
“One thing we made sure to include was all of my sister’s tattoos,” said Rashad. “They are all quite hidden because my sister chose strategic places for them due to her on-camera film work.”
Check out more detailing on the statue below, which is now open for public viewing at Madame Tussauds at the Venetian Las Vegas casino resort.